Conference "The Ontological Commitments of Dispositionalism"

July 31 - August 2, 2013, Innsbruck/ Austria

Program including abstracts      Program (pdf)

Dispositionalism or dispositional realism, i.e. the view that there are irreducible, causally efficacious dispositions or powers, is a position to be taken seriously within contemporary metaphysics. In recent decades, its proponents have mainly been concerned with showing that dispositionalism is a viable alternative to the highly influential Humean account of causation. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the ontological commitments of dispositional realism: which ontology does the assumption of irreducible powers suggest or even presuppose? Our conference aims at exploring this issue.
In particular, questions to be discussed are:

The discussion of further relevant questions is welcome and encouraged.

Confirmed Speakers:
Rani Lill Anjum (UMB Oslo/ Norway)
Ruth Groff (St. Louis University/ USA)
John Heil (Washington University in St. Louis/ USA)
Jonathan Jacobs (St. Louis University/ USA)
Max Kistler (Sorbonne, Paris/ France)
Jonathan Lowe (Durham/ UK)
Anna Marmodoro (Oxford/ UK)
Stephen Mumford (Nottingham/ UK)
Josef Quitterer (Innsbruck/ Austria)
Anne Sophie Spann (Innsbruck/ Austria)
Neil Williams (Buffalo/ USA)
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Anne Sophie Spann (Innsbruck/ Austria)
Daniel Wehinger (Innsbruck/ Austria)

Dr. des. Mag. Anne Sophie Spann
Phone:  +43 (0)512 507 8534
Fax:      +43 (0)512 507 2736
Mail:      Department of Christian Philosophy
             University of Innsbruck
             Karl-Rahner-Platz 1
             6020 Innsbruck

For registration, please send an email to containing your academic position and institution, before Friday 19 July.

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