Society for the Metaphysics of Science Conference at Rutgers-Newark Sept 17-18

Society for the Metaphysics of Science Conference at Rutgers-Newark Sept 17-18

CUNY Philosophy PhD students Yuval Abrams & Amanda Bryant are to speak at the First Annual Meeting of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science.

September 17-18, 2015
Paul Robeson Center
Rutgers University, Newark

Thursday, September 17
Topic: Constitution
Room: Bergen
Chair:

9:00-10:15
Max Kistler, IHPST – Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, “Natural Kinds, Causal Profile, and Multiple Constitution”
Commentator: Tuomas Tahko, University of Helsinki

10:15-11:30
Steve Petersen, Niagara University, “Composition as Pattern”
Commentator: Douglas Keaton, Flagler University

Topic: Psychology
Room: Monmouth
Chair:

9:00-10:15
Yuval Abrams, City University of New York Graduate Center, “Accounting for social preference”
Commentator: Luciana Garbayo, University of Texas, El Paso

10:15-11:30
Ken Hochstetter, College of Southern Nevada, “How to Formulate the Problem of Personal Identity”
Commentator: Joseph Baltimore, West Virginia University

11:30-12:45
Torin Alter, The University of Alabama, “The Structure and Dynamics Argument”
Commentator: Andrei Marasoiu, University of Virginia

Topic: Causation
Room: Passaic
Chair:

9:00-10:15
Li Kang, Syracuse University, “In Defense of Nomic Structuralism”
Commentator: Andrew Melnyk, University of Missouri, Columbia

10:15-11:30
Amanda Bryant, City University of New York Graduate Center, “Reforging the Ruins: Squaring Causation with Eliminative Ontic Structural Realism”
Commentator: Andrew Winters, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

11:30-12:45
Min Tang, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Is the Renormalization Group Explanation a Non-Causal Explanation?”
Commentator: Michael Miller, University of Pittsburgh

12:45 – 2:00 LUNCH

Topic: Higher Sciences
Room: Bergen
Chair:

2:00-3:15
Alex Manafu, IHPST – Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne ,“A Novel Approach to Emergence in Chemistry”
Commentator: William Jaworski, Fordham University

3:15-4:30
Luke Fenton-Glynn, University College London “Ceteris Paribus Laws and Minutis Rectis Laws”
Commentator: Christopher Eliot, Hofstra University

Topic: Fundamentality and Ground
Room: Monmouth
Chair: Alastair Wilson, University of Birmingham

2:00-3-15
Kerry McKenzie, University of California, San Diego, “Fundamentality as Structuralist Resource”
Commentator: Jonathan Bain, New York University

3:15-4:30
Jannai Shields and Kyle Blancette, University of Rochester, “Clearing the Way: Against Hofweber’s Objections to Substantive Metaphysics”
Commentator: Kelly Trogdan, Virginia Technical and State University

Topic: Powers
Room: Passaic
Chair:

2:00-3:15
Umut Baysan, University of Glasgow, “Power Inheritism”
Commentator: Eric Saidel, George Washington University

3:15-4:30
Neil Williams, University of Buffalo, “FAWLTY POWERS: Understanding Manifestations through Complications”
Commentator: Carl Gillett, Northern Illinois University

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Room: Essex
4:30-6:00
Barry Loewer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Friday, September 18
Topic: Laws
Room: Bergen
Chair:

9:00-10:15
Matthew Tugby, Durham University, “Universals, Laws, and Explanation”
Commentator: Peter Tan, University of Virginia

10:15-11:30
Johannes Himmelreich, London School of Economics, “A New Solution to the Problem of Profligate Omissions”
Commentator: Dmitri Gallow, University of Michigan

11:30-12:45
Tuomas Tahko, University of Helsinki, “Breaking the Laws (of Nature)”
Commentator: N/A

Topic: Physicalism
Room: Monmouth
Chair:

9:00-10:15
James Otis, University of Rochester, “Supervenience and Physicalism”
Commentator: Jessica Wilson, University of Toronto

10:15-11:30
Andreas Elpidorou, University of Louisville, “Defending Actualist Physicalism”
Commentator: Gene Witmer, University of Florida

11:30-12:45
Alastair Wilson, University of Birmingham, “Counterpossible dependence”
Commentator: James Otis, University of Rochester

Topic: Humeanism
Room: Passaic
Chair: Andrew Winters, University of South Florida
9:00-10:15
Douglas Kutach, Sagacious Matter, “Humeanism Revisited”
Commentator: Neil Huggett, University of Illinois, Chicago

10:15-11:30
Harjit Bhogal, New York University, “The Metaphysical and the Scientific: Defending Humeanism about Laws of Nature”
Commentator: Anthony Dardis, Hofstra University

11:30-12:45
Michael Hicks, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, “The Epistemic Role Account of Laws”
Commentator: John Roberts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

12:45-2:00 LUNCH

Topic: Quantum Mechanics
Room: Bergen
Chair:

2:00-3:15
Eddy Chen, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, “Our Fundamental Physical Space: An Essay on the Metaphysics of the Wave Function”
Commentator: Vishnya Maudlin, New York University

3:15-4:30
Lucas Dunlap, University of Maryland, “The Metaphysics of D-CTCs: On the Underlying Assumptions of Deutsch’s Quantum Solution to the Paradoxes of Time Travel”
Commentator: Michael Silberstein, Elizabethtown College

Topic: Probability
Room: Monmouth
Chair: Eddy Chen, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

2:00-3:15
Nina Emery, Brown University, “A Scientific Realist’s Guide to Objective Chance”
Commentator: Thomas Blanchard, Illinois Wesleyan University

BUSINESS MEETING
Room: Essex
4:30-6:00