The Metaphysics of Relations

3 5 October 2012

The Institute of Philosophy

University of London

Senate House



Jeff Brower (Purdue University)

`Aristotelian vs. Contemporary Perspectives on Relations'

Maureen Donnelly (SUNY at Buffalo)

`Positionalism Revisited'

Mauro Dorato (University of Rome)

`The Metaphysics of Rovelli's Relational Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics'

John Hawthorne (University of Oxford)

Final Remarks

John Heil (Washington University in St. Louis)

`Causal Relations'

James Ladyman (University of Bristol)

Jonathan Lowe (University of Durham)

`There Are (Probably) No Relations'

Fraser MacBride (University of Cambridge)

`How Involved do you want to be in a Non-symmetric Relationship?'

Stephen Mumford (University of Nottingham)

`Relations All the Way Down?'

Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers University)

`Monistic Structural Realism'

Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin)

`External Relations, Causal Coincidence and Contingency'

Jessica Wilson (University of Toronto)

`A Determinable-based Account of Metaphysical Indeterminacy'


Some in-person registration will be possible at the conference, depending on space remaining.

The conference schedule is here.  (Passwords for the wireless network will be included on paper copies available at the conference.)


Student Bursaries:  Five bursaries are available to support the participation of graduate students.  The bursaries will cover 50% of accommodation costs during the conference, up to a maximum of £70 (total support per bursary), and are generously funded by The Analysis Trust.  To apply, students should write to  Bursaries will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The conference venue and other material support is generously provided by the Institute of Philosophy.  Thanks are due for their financial support to the Mind Association and the Analysis Trust.

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The conference is organised by Anna Marmodoro and Brian Prince.