Doctoral Workshop with Udo Thiel: Identity and Individuation in Early Modern Philosophy
Abstr. due: 15.04.2015
Dates: 04.06.15 — 04.06.15
Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: University of Zürich
Scholastic authors in general sought to account for the metaphysics of identity by appealing to the Aristotelian framework of matter and form. However, starting in the seventeenth century, this framework came to be looked upon with growing suspicion, and new accounts of identity were called for. Among early modern thinkers, questions about identity thus often lay at the very heart of some of their most innovative and intriguing proposals. Moreover, these questions interrelate in various ways with other central topics of early modern metaphysics, such as the natures of thinking and material substances.
This workshop will provide doctoral students working on early modern philosophy with the opportunity to present their work on identity and/or individuation and discuss it with Udo Thiel, one of the most renowned experts in the field. Any discussion of at least one of the following questions will be welcome: How did a given early modern author conceive of the identity of material things? How did a given early modern author conceive of the identity of immaterial things or persons? What role did the concept of identity play for a given early modern author’s more general metaphysical or epistemological commitments?
Conference Web-Site: http://www.philosophie.uzh.ch/doktorat/zdw/identityemp.html