HHU StartFacultiesFaculty of Arts and HumanitiesDepartmentsPhilosophyProfessorshipsProf. Dr. Gerhard SchurzDCLPSEventsWorkshop: The Possibility of Metaphysics: Between Inductive, Analytic, and Transcendental Arguments (January 31 - February 1, 2019)

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Description

In the last century, metaphysics in the traditional sense became subject of radical scepticism. One strategy to save metaphysics from sceptical doubts is bringing metaphysical investigation closer to scientific practice. This workshop is intended to explore the Kantian question whether metaphysics is possible as a “science”, and if so, whether it can or should be conducted on the basis of scientific methods and findings or whether it can still be justified as an aprioristic enterprise. A Kantian strategy to counter scepticism is the use of transcendental arguments. Questions of particular interest are – among others – the following ones: How can metaphysics be justified? Is metaphysics an aprioristic discipline or should it be pursued on the basis of scientific findings or argumentative methods used in the sciences such as induction and abduction? How do transcendental arguments relate to inferences made in the sciences? What is their relevance for modern metaphysical approaches such as naturalised metaphysics or the Canberra plan? Which role do empirical data and empirical methods play in contemporary metaphysics and can their use in metaphysics be justified?

Speakers and Programme

Day 1

January 31, 2019

10:00-10:15

Opening

10:15-11:15

Matti Eklund: Alien Structure

11:15-11:30

Coffee Break

11:30-12:30

Kristina Engelhard: Metaphysics as Modelling in Kant

12:30-14:30

Lunch Break

14:30-15:30

Cord Friebe: Kant's Lightweight Ontological Realism

15:30-15:45

Coffee Break

15:45-16:45

Sophie Allen: Is there Really any Order?

16:45-17:00

Coffee Break

17:00-18:00

Thomas Hofweber: Inescapable Concepts

19:00

Dinner

 

Day 2

February 1, 2019

10:15-11:15

Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla: Abduction and Transcendental Deduction

11:15-11:30

Coffee Break

11:30-12:30

Gabriele Gava: Kant, the Third Antinomy and Transcendental Arguments

12:30-14:30

Lunch Break

14:30-15:30

Brigitte Falkenburg: Kant's Experiment of Pure Reason

15:30-15:45

Coffee Break

15:45-16:45

Holger Lyre: Structural Metaphysics and Mental Representation

16:45-17:00

Coffee Break

17:00-18:00

Barbara Vetter: The Many Kinds of Metaphysical Modality

19:00

Dinner

 

Date and Venue

The workshop took place from January 31st to February 1st 2019 at the University of Duesseldorf, Schloss Mickeln: Alt Himmelgeist 25, 40589 Düsseldorf

Organisation and Funding

The workshop was organised by the DFG funded research group Inductive Metaphysics the goal of which is to establish how empirical sources and inductive forms of inference play a role in metaphysical research.

  • Organisers: Kristina Engelhard (University of Technology Dortmund), Christian J. Feldbacher-Escamilla (DCLPS, University of Duesseldorf), Alexander Gebharter (University of Groningen)
  • Website: <http://dclps.phil.hhu.de/possmet/>
  • Contact: <christian.feldbacher-escamilla@hhu.de>
  • Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG), research unit: Inductive Metaphysics FOR 2495
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