Several prominent philosophers will visit Hofstra on April 4, 2012 to discuss properties and existence. Though the topic itself lies in the area of philosophical metaphysics, the questions that arise are ones with significant applications in philosophy of science. Philosophers have done some interesting work on the properties of molecules and of sub-atomic particles, for instance, and the sense in which sub-atomic particles exist as things. On the other end of science, questions about whether species or races or ecosystems exist are questions informed by more fundamental analyses like those that will be discussed at this workshop.
The presenters will be Bob Hale (University of Sheffield), Amie Thomasson (Miami), and Stephen Yablo (MIT), with organizer Anthony Dardis (Hofstra). The workshop is sponsored by Hofstra University Department of Philosophy and Hofstra University Honors College.
On April 4, the workshop will run from 1–5 pm. Attendance is free and open to all; however, if you plan to come, please let us know in advance by phoning 516-463-5612 or emailing Anthony Dardis.