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Logic&Meta: Charles Goodman

March 28, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Logic and Metaphysics Workshop Spring 2016

The workshop is organized by Graham Priest


Monday 28 March, 4.15-6.15

Charles Goodman, SUNY Binghampton

Non-Supervenient Relations, Buddhist Conventionalism, and the Concealed Radicalism of Stage Theory

Room 6421, CUNY Graduate Center. [This is on the 6th floor, but it’s tucked away in a cul-de-sac, so be prepared for a bit of a wander til you find it.]

Abstract: Since stage theory denies that I am identical to anyone in the past or in the future, we might think that this account of persistence would have radically revisionary practical and normative implications.  Katherine Hawley attempts to block these implications by positing non-supervenient relations between stages, each of which generates what Parfit would call a ‘deep further fact’ about which person in the past is the same person as me now.  The existence of these relations is supported by two impressive arguments from the philosophy of physics.  Yet when examined carefully, these arguments do not succeed.  Moreover, there is another, quite different view, Buddhist Conventionalism, that can match the flexibility of stage theory and that has no need for non-supervenient relations.  The two main versions of this view have potentially revisionary practical implications of their own, but these may be more acceptable than they appear at first glance.

Full schedule with announced titles & abstracts here.


March 28, 2016
4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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Room 6421, CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York City ,

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