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Inductive Metaphysics: Insights, Challenges and Prospects

Conference & Call for Papers

Time: Wed 9 - Fri 11 August 2023 
Place: HHU Düsseldorf, Germany

Inductive Metaphysics is a comparatively new branch of metaphysics that justifies meta­physical principles by inductive or abductive inferences from empirical evidence, rather than by purely logico-conceptual considerations.

This conference intends to give a representative picture of the state of the art in inductive metaphysics and the current debate on this branch of metaphysics.
The conference is organized by the DFG-funded research group "Inductive Metaphysics" (FOR 2495) in which more than 30 philosophers from seven German universities explore the prospects and applications of inductive metaphysics.

Besides 9 plenary talks (50' talk + 30' disc.), there are 24 open slots for contributed talks (30' talk + 20' disc.). Talks and discussions will be in physical presence; hybrid online audience will be possible.
Submissions for contributed talks are welcome. Your submission should consist of a short abstract (100 words) and longer abstract (1000 words); please send your submission to InductiveMetaphysics@hhu.de. Submission deadline: February 28, 2023.

To participate without giving a talk please register by sending an e-mail to InductiveMetaphysics@hhu.de.

Plenary speakers:

  • Karen Bennett (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Stephen Biggs (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Katherine Brading (Duke University, USA)
  • Anjan Chakravartty (University of Miami, USA)
  • Andreas Hüttemann & Gerhard Schurz
    (University of Cologne & University of Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • Jenann Ismael (Columbia University, USA)
  • Max Kistler (University of Paris 1, France)
  • Oliver Scholz & Ansgar Seide (University of Münster, Germany)
  • Thomas Uebel (University of Manchester, UK)


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