Saturday, March 13, 2010

Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, Analytic

Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, Analytic
June 30 - July 3 2010
Prague, Strahov Monastery (Czech Republic)


Throughout the greater part of the twentieth century, both in the
analytic and continental traditions, metaphysics was deemed to be
passé. The last few decades, however, have witnessed a remarkable
growth of interest among analytic philosophers in various traditional
metaphysical topics, such as modality, truth, causality, etc. which
resulted in the emergence of various forms of analytic metaphysics.
The new forms of metaphysics differ from its traditional forms mostly
in their methodology (we may notice various applications of
contemporary formal logical techniques) and in the range of proposed
solutions to particular problems. Besides these and other differences,
however, there are also many similarities and there are even some who
intentionally develop traditional metaphysical themes using the
contemporary analytical methods. All these developments call for
detailed exploration, which is the general goal of the conference
Metaphysics: Aristotelian, Scholastic, Analytic. The conference aims
to bring together leading analytic philosophers working in metaphysics
and willing to explore relations between the traditional and
contemporary concerns. The specific focus of the conference is a
re-examination of Aristotelian-Scholastic metaphysics in contemporary
setting. It is organized by the Catholic Theological Faculty of
Charles University under the auspices of the Czech Academy Foundation.
It takes place in the historical parts of the Strahov monastery near
the Prague castle from June 30 to July 2, 2010.

* Papers are welcome on any of the topics indicated below.
* A short abstract of cca. 2500-3500 characters should be submitted to the Organizing Committee by April 15, 2010, by e-mail (if possible – see contacts above). The Peer-Review Board will select the papers to be presented at the Conference.
* Papers should be written in the English (preferred) or German language.
* The length of a paper should not exceed 25 minutes of reading time.

Papers selected by the Peer-Review Board will be edited and published as a supplement volume of the journal Studia Neoaristotelica.

* being and existence
* realisms vs. antirealisms
* truth, truthmaking, predication
* particulars and universals
* hylemorphism vs. mechanicism
* persistence through time
* the necessary and the possible
* the actual and the potential (powers, dispositions)
* propositions and states of affaires
* causes and explanation
* God

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