The Metaphysics and Semantics of Indeterminacy Workshop
The Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University
invites you to an international
workshop on the metaphysics and semantics of indeterminacy
to be held on
November 13, 2018
in Brno, Czech Republic.
The traditional account of indeterminacy holds that indeterminacy is a linguistic phenomenon arising from our concepts not having precisely delineated meanings and extensions. In recent decades this view has been challenged and the idea of metaphysical indeterminacy (or ontic vagueness) has been defended. However, the notion of metaphysical indeterminacy has proved controversial. Some claim its defenders are committed to indeterminate identity claims and that the notion of indeterminate identity is incoherent. Others believe that vague objects are unintelligible types of objects. Still others maintain that the only way to account for metaphysical indeterminacy is to replace it by precision.
Is indeterminacy a purely linguistic phenomenon? Are there good reasons to believe in metaphysical indeterminacy? Are the arguments against it conclusive? The workshop will focus on these questions, with a specific emphasis on indeterminate identity and its applications in personal identity and quantum phenomena.
Rosanna Keefe (University of Sheffield)
Those who wish to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract of maximum 500 words prepared for blind review. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2018. Submissions are to be sent to Radim Bělohrad - email@example.com. You will be notified about acceptance by June 30, 2018.
Accepted speakers should be ready to present a 30-minute talk, followed by a 10 minute discussion.
Faculty of Arts
Department of Philosophy
Arna Nováka 1
602 00 Brno
Contact for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop is supported by the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR).