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“Causation, Convention and Individuation” - Dr Amber Carpenter (University of York)

Egenis seminar

An Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences seminar
Date4 March 2015
Time15:00 to 16:30
PlaceByrne House

This paper will consider two rival accounts of the relationship between causation and individuation. On both accounts, familiar individual things have a reality relative to purposes and conventions, making our everyday metaphysical presumptions matters of moral import. On one view, there are pre-conventional individuals which cause, and thus warrant, our practices of everyday individuation. On the other view, there are no such realities, and causation is itself merely conventional. Through contrasting the two views, we will assess the viability of tying individuation to causation, exploring the theoretic advantages and principle pitfalls.

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