Saturday, February 5, 2011

Defending Realism: Ontological and Epistemological

Topic: Defending Realism: Ontological and Epistemological
Date: 20-23 June 2011
Place: University of Urbino, Italy

Organizing Committee:

Guido Bonino (The University of Turin, Italy)
Javier Cumpa (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)
Greg Jesson (Luther College, USA)

The website address will be posted soon. For questions please feel free to write the organizing committee.

One of the central and perennial issues of philosophy centers on clarifying and elucidating the nature of mind-independent reality and accounting for how it is possible that such facts can be known by the mind. Of course, there have always been philosophers who claim that such projects are fundamentally incoherent because of the nature of language, concepts, reference, perception, skepticism, etc., etc. This conference is seeking papers in ontology and epistemology that seek to dispute this claim and defend the legitimacy of ontological research in general and the ontology of what the mind must be to know about the existence and nature of mind-independent reality in specific. Papers are welcome from the analytic and continental traditions, with discussions of either critical or sympathetic viewpoints from either historical or contemporary perspectives. Presentations will be 20-25 minutes long (about 10-11 pages read) with 10-15 minutes of discussion. Papers will be published in a volume by Ontos Verlag. The final maximum length of published papers will depend on how many are submitted.

Abstracts of papers should be sent in Word Format by February 15, 2011 to:
Guido Bonino:
Javier Cumpa:
Greg Jesson:

Information concerning acceptance/non-acceptance: March 1, 2011

Following this conference, there will be at the same venue a one day conference (June 23), organized by Francesco Orilia and Venanzio Raspa, to celebrate Hector-Neri Castañeda in the 20th anniversary of his death. Castañeda, the founding editor of Noûs, has deeply influenced analytic philosophy with many important contributions in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and ethics. In addition to the organizers, other philosophers will discuss aspects of Castañeda’s philosophy and relate them to the metaphysical issue of realism. These include: Tomis Kapitan, Gregory Landini, William Rapaport, David McArty and others. We expect that the participants to both conferences will interact, attending lectures from both programs and exchanging their views. This will certainly make both events more exciting and profitable.

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