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Indeterminacy and Fundamentality Seminar


This seminar series is intended to explore issues related to metaphysical Indeterminacy and fundamentality.

Calendar

Start date: Thursday February 23 at 11am.

Frequence: Seminars are one a fortnight on Thursdays from 11am-1pm.

Venue: sala rossa, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione, via Azzo Gardino 23, Bologna.

Webconference connection: via skype, skype account: cogitoskype (please connect at least 10 minutes before and use headphones)

Format: someone leads the discussion of each reading seminar and provides in advance some notes or/and handout, we can share in advance these documents on Google Drive in order collect other notes from the other participants.

I meeting: February 23 2017

Seminar leaders: Tobias Alexius (Uppsala) and Sebastiano Moruzzi (Bologna)

Main reading: Barnes B., (2014) ”Fundamental Indeterminacy”, Analytic Philosophy, Vol. 55, Issue 4, Dec 2014, pp. 339-62

Secondary reading: Sattig T., (2014) ”Mereological Indeterminacy: Metaphysical but Not Fundamental” in Vague Objects and Vague Identity, Vol 33 of the series Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science, pp. 25-42

II meeting March 9 2017

Seminar leaders: TBA

Main reading: Taylor D., Burgess A. (2015) ”What in the World is Semantic Indeterminacy?”, Analytic Philosophy, Vol. 56, Issue 4, Dec 2015, pp 298-317.

III meeting March 23 2017

Seminar leaders: TBA

Main reading: Barnes E., Williams R., (2011) ”A Theory of Metaphysical Indeterminacy” in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Volume 6, edited by Zimmerman D. And Bennet, K. Oxford University Press, pp. 103-48. [plus replies?]

Secondary readings

(response to Barnes & Williams): Eklund M., (2011) ”Being Metaphysically Unsettled”, in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: volume 6, edited by Bennet K., and Zimmerman D.W., Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: Mat 2011.

Jessica Wilson (MS) "Are There Indeterminate States of Affairs? Yes" http://individual.utoronto.ca/jmwilson/Wilson-Are-There-Indeterminate-SO...

IV meeting April 6 2017

Seminar leaders: TBA

Main reading: Wilson J., (2013) ”A Determinable-Based Account of Metaphysical Indeterminacy”, Inquiry, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp.359-85.

A recorded talk by Wilson on this very topic is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vETSgzNiv84

OR

Alternative main reading: Darby G. (2010) “Quantum Mechanics and Metaphysical Indeterminacy”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 88:2, 227-245.

V meeting April 20 2017

Free slot (either presentation or reading seminar)

VI meeting May 4 2017

Tobias Alexius (Uppsala), title TBA

VII meeting May 18 2017

Free slot (either presentation or reading seminar)

Bibliography

Metaphysical Indeterminacy

Over-arching, conceptual questions

Shapiro, S (2009), ”Vagueness, Metaphysics and Objectivity”, in Cuts and Clouds. Vagueness: Its Nature and Its Logic., Dietz R. And Moruzzi S. (eds), Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Keil G., (2013) ”Introduction: Vagueness and Ontology”, Metaphysica, Volume 14, No. 2, pp. 149-64.

Eklund M., (2013) ”Metaphysical Vagueness and Metaphysical Indeterminacy”, Metaphysica, 14 (2): pp. 165-79.

Different accounts of metaphysical indeterminacy (MI)

Wilson J., (2013) ”A Determinable-Based Account of Metaphysical Indeterminacy”, Inquiry, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp.359-85.

A recorded talk by Wilson on this very topic is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vETSgzNiv84

Barnes E., Williams R., (2011) ”A Theory of Metaphysical Indeterminacy” in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Volume 6, edited by Zimmerman D. And Bennet, K. Oxford University Press, pp. 103-48.

Response:
Eklund M., (2011) ”Being Metaphysically Unsettled”, in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: volume 6, edited by Bennet K., and Zimmerman D.W., Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: Mat 2011.

Barnes, E., (2010) ”Ontic Vagueness: A Guide for the Perplexed”, Noûs, 44 (4), pp. 601-27.

Barnes E., (2009) ”Indeterminacy, Identity and Counterparts: Evans Reconsidered”, Synthese, Vol. 168, No. 1, May 2009, pp. 81-96

Skow B., (2010) ”Deep Metaphysical Indeterminacy”, The Philosophical Quarterly, No.60, pp. 851-58.

Darby G. (2010) “Quantum Mechanics and Metaphysical Indeterminacy”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 88:2, 227-245.

MI and fundamentality

Barnes B., (2014) ”Fundamental Indeterminacy”, Analytic Philosophy, Vol. 55, Issue 4, Dec 2014, pp. 339-62

Sattig T., (2014) ”Mereological Indeterminacy: Metaphysical but Not Fundamental” in Vague Objects and Vague Identity, Vol 33 of the series Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science, pp. 25-42

Taylor D., Burgess A. (2015) ”What in the World is Semantic Indeterminacy?”, Analytic Philosophy, Vol. 56, Issue 4, Dec 2015, pp 298-317.

Normative Issues

Williams J.R.G., (2012) ”Indeterminacy and Normative Silence”, Analysis, 72 (2), pp. 217-25

Response by Eklund:

Eklund M., (2013) ”Williams on the Normative Silence of Indeterminacy”, Analysis, 73 (2), pp. 264-71.

Williams J.R.G., (2014) ”Decision-Making Under Indeterminacy”, Philosophers' Imprint, Vol. 14, No.4, March 2014.

Schoenfield M., (2015) ”Moral Vagueness is Ontic Vagueness”, Ethics, 126(2), pp. 257-82

Dougherty T., (2013) ”Vague Value”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 89, issue 2, Sept 2014, pp. 352-372.

Some recommended background/further reading

Akiba K., (2000) ”Vagueness as a Modality”, The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 50, Issue 200, July 2000, pp. 359-70

Fine K., (1975) ”Vagueness, truth and logic”, Synthese, Vol. 30, (3-4), pp. 265-300

Evans G., (1978) ”Can there be vague objects?”, Analysis, Vol. 38 (4), pp. 208-[?]

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/sorites-paradox/

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/vagueness/

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/mereology/#IndFuz

Collection of further articles (some included in the list above)

Akiba K., Abasnezhad A., Vague Objects and Vague Identity, A collection of recent articles on indeterminacy edited by Akiba and Abasnezhad, Vol 33 of the series Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science, Springer Science.

Dietz, R., Sebastiano, M., (2009) Cuts & Clouds, Collection of recent articles on indeterminacy, edited by Dietz & Sebastiano. Oxford University Press.

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