Emergence and Reduction in Science and Metaphysics Workshop – July 27-29 2022

This workshop is jointly organized by FraMEPhys, by the Emergence in the Natural Sciences project based at the University of Lisbon, and by the MetaScience project based at the University of Bristol. It will feature short talks and longer keynote addresses over 3 days, involving members of the projects’ research teams and invited speakers. For queries, contact a.j.wilson@bham.ac.uk .

Amphitheatre FCiências.ID, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon
Building C1, Floor 3, Campo Grande, Lisbon

Zoom link: via this page.


Wednesday 27 July

13:30—14:00  Welcome / Coffee

14:00—14:45  Nicholas Emmerson: It ain’t that deep: Metaphysics and the Problem of Progress

14:45—15:30  Joaquim Giannotti: Strong Emergence and Weak Fundamentality

15:30—16:00  Coffee Break

16:00—16:45  Michael Townsen Hicks: Agency Considerations in Natural Modality

16:45—18:00  Jonathan Schaffer: Ground Physicalism

Thursday 28 July

09:30—10:00  Coffee

10:00—10:45  Katie Robertson: The Emergence of Statistical Mechanical Probabilities from Entanglement

10:45—11:30  Alastair Wilson: Metaphysical Emergence as Higher-level Naturalness

11:30—11:45  Coffee Break

11:45—12:30  Vanessa Seifert: Molecules as Quantum Objects

12:30—14:00  Lunch

14:00—14:45  Alexander Franklin: How the Universe Plays Dice: Emergent Probabilities in Physics

14:45—15:30  Francesca Bellazzi: Biochemical Kinds

15:30—16:00  Coffee Break

16:00—16:45  Toby Friend: The Determinable World Hypothesis

16:45—18:00  Naomi Thompson: How (and why) to be an Antirealist about Metaphysical Explanation

Friday 29 July

09:30—10:00  Coffee

10:00—10:45  William Morgan: Does Reduction Entail Identity?

10:45—11:30  Samuel Kimpton-Nye: Modal Anti-Realism: The Really Poisoned Pawn

11:30—11:45  Coffee Break

11:45—12:30  Tuomas Tahko: Making Reductionism True

12:30—13:30  Lunch

13:30—14:45  David Papineau: What Causal Inference Tells us about Causation