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CFP: Ontological Priority and Essence in Aristotle and Aristotelian Metaphysics

29 Mar
March 29, 2014


Some time ago, Daniel Cohnitz invited myself and Riin Sirkel — an Aristotle scholar at Vermont — to edit a Special Issue for the Estonian journal Studia Estonica Philosophica. We were pleased to accept, as we’re both interested in bringing together scholars and contemporary metaphysicians. The special issue is open to both, and especially to those who wish to bring scholarship and contemporary work together. Anyway, all the important details are in the official CFP below, which is also available here.

Spread the word to anyone who might be interested! A PDF and JPG poster are available. We have confirmed Kathrin Koslicki and Michail Peramatzis as invited contributors, so I expect that the quality of the Special Issue will be excellent.

UPDATE: We’re pleased to announce two additional invited contributors: Travis Dumsday and Christie Thomas!

For inspiration, you could try my Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics volume, or Ed Feser’s volume Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics



Call for Papers
Special Issue
Studia Estonica Philosophica

Ontological Priority and Essence
in Aristotle and Aristotelian Metaphysics

Edited by Riin Sirkel & Tuomas E. Tahko

Confirmed Contributors:
Travis Dumsday
Kathrin Koslicki
Michail Peramatzis
Christie Thomas

We welcome both historical and contemporary papers. But above all, we welcome papers combining historical and contemporary issues. We encourage scholars of Ancient philosophy to relate to contemporary discussions and think about what Aristotle or Plato (or their ancient or medieval followers) would think about these discussions, and we encourage contemporary Aristotelian metaphysicians to relate to Aristotle’s discussions. We hope new and interesting insights will emerge from this interaction between the history of philosophy and contemporary metaphysics.

Papers should be no longer than 10 000 words and be prepared for blind review. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014. Please submit your paper via the SPE online system at In the comment filed of your submission, make sure to indicate that it is for the “Special Issue on Aristotle and Aristotelian Metaphysics”. Apart from that, please follow the author guidelines for a normal SPE submission. We expect to accept up to 8 submitted papers.

Possible paper topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Ontological Priority and Grounding

  • What is Aristotle’s notion of ontological priority? Does Aristotle have a notion of grounding, distinct from his notion of ontological priority?
  • Does Aristotle’s notion of ontological priority differ from Plato’s notion of ontological priority?
  • How do contemporary discussions of ontological priority, dependence and grounding relate to Aristotle’s discussion of these notions? What features do these two discussions have in common, such that we label the contemporary discussions as ‘Aristotelian’?
  • What are the basic principles which govern ontological dependence, and which govern metaphysical grounding? For instance, are either or both well-founded, or can there be infinitely descending chains of dependence or grounding? What other formal properties do the relations satisfy (e.g. irreflexivity, asymmetry, transitivity)?
  • What are the connections between essence and grounding (or priority)? Are they distinct primitive notions or is there an account of one in terms of the other? Are there any reasons for a contemporary Aristotelian to prefer one approach over another?


  • What kinds of things have essences for Aristotle and/or for a contemporary Aristotelian?
  • Do only substances have essences, or non-substances as well? Do only universals (e.g. species) have essences, or do particulars (e.g. Socrates) have essences as well? If particulars do not, in the strict sense, have essences, are they nonetheless substances?
  • Is there a distinction between individual and generic essences?
  • Some contemporary Aristotelians hold that ‘essence precedes existence’. How should we understand this idea? Is this compatible with Aristotle?
  • What is (real) definition for Aristotle and/or for a contemporary Aristotelian? For example, Aristotle considers two ways of defining something: in terms of genus and differentiae, and in terms of matter and form. How are these two kinds of definition related to one another? How does this relate to contemporary discussions of real definition and essence?
  • What is the status of propria, i.e., necessary but inessential properties?
  • The problem of unity/complex essences: if a certain natural kind, for instance, has a number of properties essential to it, but these properties are nevertheless distinct, what guarantees that these properties are unified into a single kind essence? One Aristotelian line of answer might be that the essence is given by form and that properties ‘flow’ from form. How should we understand this notion of ‘flow’ (a term of art from Locke)?


The Philosophy of E. J. Lowe: a Memorial Conference

27 Mar
March 27, 2014

E. J. Lowe’s impact on contemporary philosophy is massive and it is only appropriate that there should be a massive conference to celebrate his life and work. I can’t start to explain how honoured I am to speak at his Memorial Conference, which features many leading philosophers whose work has been an inspiration to me — almost, but not quite(!), as much as Jonathan’s work. Note that there is also a CFP for postgrads and recent PhDs. I hope to see many of you in Durham this July!

The Philosophy of E. J. Lowe: a Memorial Conference

Sunday 27th July – Tuesday 29th July

Professor E. J. (Jonathan) Lowe (1950-2014) spent the last thirty four years of his life at Durham University, during which time he established himself as one or the world’s leading metaphysicians and inspired philosophers all over the world. This conference will celebrate his life and work. Speakers will engage with various different aspects of his philosophy.

Confirmed speakers are as follows:

Professor Antonella Corradini (Catholic University of Milan)
Professor Tim Crane (University of Cambridge)
Professor John Heil (Washington University in St Louis)
Dr Penelope Mackie (University of Nottingham)
Dr Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford)
Professor Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr Tuomas Tahko (University of Helsinki)
Professor David Robb (Davidson College)
Professor Peter van Inwagen (University of Notre Dame)

The conference will begin at 2.00 pm on Sunday 27th July and conclude at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 29th July. On the Sunday, there will be an opening lecture followed by several short speeches, a wine reception, a concert and a three-course dinner. On the Monday and Tuesday, there will be eight further papers by invited speakers.

We are also keen to include some further papers by current postgraduate students and recent PhD graduates. If you would like to be considered for inclusion in the programme, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (for a paper that can be presented in 20 minutes) to David Westland ( by 1st June 2014 at the latest. The only constraint on content is that the paper should explicitly address some aspect of Jonathan’s work. We hope to provide bursaries for those whose abstracts are selected (details to follow).

Jonathan’s work and his friendship meant a great deal to a lot of people, and we realise that there are many others who would like to have given papers at this conference. We’re very sorry that we couldn’t invite all of you to do so. If you would like to come and share your memories of Jonathan by giving a short speech on the Sunday, please contact Matthew Ratcliffe (

All are very welcome to attend this conference. There is a small registration fee of £35 (waged) and £20 (student/unwaged). You can register and also book accommodation here (registration deadline Monday 14th July):
A full programme, along with further information, will be posted here:

CFP: Cambridge Metaontology Workshop

18 Mar
March 18, 2014

Looks like fun! Two slots available for grad students.

Cambridge Metaontology Workshop

Nearly 70 years ago Quine equated ontological questions with questions about what there is according to our best first-order theories. Recently, many philosophers have either questioned or reinterpreted what it has become the standard Quinean picture, resulting in the relatively new field of Metaontology. This workshop is dedicated to explore contemporary metaontological issues, broadly construed. Examples may include the Quine-Carnap dispute, ontological deflationism, quantifier variance, ontological pluralism, and the relation between grounding and ontology, amongst others.

Invited Speakers

Huw Price (University of Cambridge)

Amie Thomasson (University of Miami)

Tim Crane (University of Cambridge)

Elizabeth Barnes (University of Leeds)

Tim Button (University of Cambridge)

In addition to our invited speakers, we are also opening up the Workshop to two graduate speakers external to Cambridge. We invite submissions of abstracts of 750-1000 words for a talk of no more than 40 minutes to Accommodation costs will be covered for graduate speakers.

Workshop Organizers

Carlo Rossi (

Kyle Mitchell (

Important Dates

1. Abstract Submission deadline: 11th of April 2014
2. Conference date: 21st and 22nd of May 2014

CFP: Issues on the (Im)Possible 2014, Bratislava

06 Nov
November 6, 2013

I’m very pleased indeed to share this Call for Papers for a conference on the metaphysics of modality and related matters (including methodology of metaphysics) in Bratislava, featuring Takashi Yagisawa and yours truly as keynote speakers. The conference is organized by the Slovak Metaphysical Society. This will be the second year of the event. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend this year’s installation, but I hear that it was a great success. The previous event’s keynotes were John Divers and Franz Berto, and the submitted papers appear to have been of a very high quality.

So, I very much encourage you to submit your best short papers on relevant topics! Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014. Conference website is here.

Issues on the (Im)Possible 2014

Issues on the (Im)Possible 2014


taking place at the Institute of Philosophy of Slovak Academy of Sciences in

October 15-16, 2014

Keynote Speakers:

TAKASHI YAGISAWA (California State University, Northridge)

TUOMAS TAHKO (University of Helsinki)

We invite submission for a 30 minute presentation followed by 5 minute comments and a 15 minute discussion. Areas of interest might include (but are not limited to):

methodology of metaphysics
metaphysics of modality
the ontology of possible and impossible worlds
logic of possible and impossible worlds

A paper of approximately 3000 words should be prepared for blind review and include a cover page with the full name, title, institution and contact information. Files can be submitted in pdf or doc(x) and should be sent

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2014

Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2014

The authors selected for the conference will be invited to contribute to a special issue of the journal of analytic philosophy Organon F ( If you wish to submit a paper, or would like any further details, please, email us to the above address or visit the conference website

CFP: The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

15 Oct
October 15, 2013

Another CFP (the previous one is here) related to particle physics/quantum mechanics, this time for a conference & a special issue of Topoi. The conference features Tim Maudlin, among others. Follow the CFP link below for details (e.g., deadline for 2000 word abstracts is 31 January 2014).

The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

2nd International Topoi Conference

2-3 October 2014

Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Keynote Speakers:

Valia Allori (Northern Illinois University)

Angelo Cei (University of Leeds)

Mauro Dorato (University of Rome)

Michael Esfeld (Univerity of Lausanne)

Tim Maudlin (New York University)

Besides five invited speakers, five additional speakers will be selected from those who submit proposals.

**Call for papers**

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy, edited by Anna Marmodoro. The selection of papers will be made in collaboration with international advisors.

The conference is organised jointly by the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies Project; and by Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy.

For any queries, pls email:

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