Modality in the history of philosophy is an interesting topic, I expect this conference to be of interest to many contemporary philosophers working on modality as well — it certainly would be to me. Great list of speakers too, including the Finnish expert on modality in medieval philosophy, Prof. Simo Knuuttila. I’m slightly tempted to come up with a paper on Aristotle and the issues surrounding the order of ontological priority of essence and modality, since that’s a topic I’ve been thinking about recently. But I do feel that I’m lacking in historical expertise a bit. Besides, the conference overlaps with the Boston Marathon, which I’m planning on running if all goes well…
British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference 2013: The Actual and the Possible
The University of York, 16th-18th April 2013
Supported by a Mind Association Major Conference Grant, the University of York and the Centre for the History of Philosophy (CHiPhi)
Confirmed Speakers: Prof. Simo Knuuttila (University of Helsinki), Prof. Thomas Baldwin (University of York), Prof. John Divers (Leeds), Dr. Jessica Leech (Sheffield), Dr. Anna Marmadoro (University of Oxford),Prof. Wayne Martin (University of Essex)
1st Call for Papers:
Key positions within 20th-century French and German (‘continental’) philosophy have been constructed according to ideas of possibility and its relation to actuality. Similarly, in the last decades questions concerning modality have come to prominence within the forms of metaphysical inquiry pursued in contemporary ‘analytic’ philosophy. The aim of this major international conference to be held at the University of York, April 16th-18th 2013 is to illuminate these different approaches to ideas of possibility and actuality against the background of the history of philosophy.
In how many different senses can something be possible? How do notions of possibility relate to ideas of potentiality or powers? How do notions of possibility relate to ideas of actuality or reality? Are ideas of possibility compatible with freedom and the openness of the future? The conference will approach these and other questions by means of keynote talks, invited papers and parallel, open sessions. Proposals for the latter are invited on any figure or period in the history of philosophy, from ancient Greece to the 20th century.
In order to propose a paper, an abstract of no more than 500 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1st 2012. Please put BSHP 2013 in the subject-line.