Philosophy Seminar Series: Alastair Wilson (Birmingham)
Philosophy Seminar Series
Alastair Wilson, Birmingham | 3:30pm, 29 March, 2023
I argue for a distinction between two kinds of priority in metaphysics: metaphysical fundamentality and metaphysical naturalness. Drawing this distinction allows for perfectly natural properties at non-fundamental levels. I show how the distinction between fundamentality and naturalness can be implemented in a simple subject-matter-based framework, and then apply the distinction i) to account for the elusive notion of metaphysical emergence and ii) to characterize the attractive but slippery thesis of structural realism in the philosophy of science.
Philosophy Seminar Room (N494), the Quadrangle
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