Social Complexes: Parts and Wholes. Perspectives from Metaphysics, Ethics and Philosophy of Action.
During the last few decades, philosophers have taken an increasing interest in the nature and ethics of social and institutional entities, such as groups and formal organizations. However, attempts to merge findings from the different philosophical sub-disciplines in particular mereology, social ontology, ethics and the metaphysics of agency are still largely absent.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together leading philosophers from the various sub-disciplines to encourage and initiate such cross-disciplinary research and collaboration. Topics that might be fruitfully addressed include: What is the mode of existence of social and institutional entities, and how are they related to the material aspects of reality? Are traditional mereological concepts and theories applicable to them? Can social groups and organizations be agents in their own right? Are notions of collective responsibility or specific rights and obligations of collectives sensible? To what extent does the metaphysics of social and institutional entities bear on their
ethics, and vice versa?
At the Department of Philosophy, Kungshuset, room 203, 11-12 October 2013. MAP
Friday 11 Oct
9:30-10:30 Peter Simons (University of Dublin): Social Glue
10:50-11:50 Johan Brännmark (Malmö University): Future Generations as Rightholders
13:15-14:15 Deborah Perron Tollefsen (University of Memphis):How Groups Testify
14:30-15:30 Julie Zahle (University of Copenhagen): Methodological Holism and Emergence
16:00-17:00 Anders Strand (University of Oslo): Structural Control
Saturday 12 Oct
9:30-10:30 Gunnar Björnsson (Umeå University): Resolutions of Responsibility
10:50-11:50 Andras Szigeti
13:15-14:15 Don Baxter
14:30-15:30 Marion Godman
16:00-17:00 Johanna Seibt
ALL ARE WELCOME!
The conference is organized by the Metaphysics & Collectivity group with generous support from Erik & Gurli Hultengren's Foundation for Philosophy.