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Talk by İrem Kurtsal Steen (Bogazici) at Bogazici: “The Argument from Anthropocentrism and Endurantism”, May 9th, 2012

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İrem Kurtsal Steen (Bogazici): “The Argument from Anthropocentrism and Endurantism”

Wednesday, 9 May 2012, M 2170 (Engineering Building), 5-7pm.

Abstract:  Many philosophers hold that any old filled region in spacetime is the specific spatiotemporal location of some object, that besides objects like tables and cats there are indefinitely many others: left-halves of cats, things that are made up of upper-halves of cats and lower-halves of dogs, and things that are made up of cats on weekdays and tables on weekends. The “argument from anthropocentrism” is the argument that such a liberal ontology is the realist’s only option for avoiding an anthropocentric and even culturally biased chauvinism in her ontological theory. I argue that to the extent that this is a strong argument for the liberal ontology, a parallel argument gives us reasons to reject the perdurence theory of persistence (temporal parts theory)  in favor of the endurance theory. This should be very interesting, because most liberal ontologists are perdurantists.

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Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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