Philosophy Colloquium: “Determinism and the metaphysics of quantity”

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 11:20am -- ngroll
Speaker: 
Ted Sider
Affiliation: 
Rutgers University

 ***NEW DATE: This talk was originally scheduled for 11-8-19***

ABSTRACT: Metaphysical accounts of quantitative properties - properties like mass and distance - have implications for the laws of nature in which those properties figure.  An otherwise attractive fundamentality-centric approach to properties has unsettling implications of this sort.  These implications emerge from David Baker's argument that a comparativist metaphysics of quantity can lead to indeterminism in otherwise deterministic theories, but are not limited to comparativism.

Date: 
Friday, October 11, 2019 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Betts Auditorium (School of Architecture)