Graduate Student Conference on Methaphysics

October 6, 2018

Join us on Saturday, October 6, for the 2018 Graduate Student Conference on Metaphysics. The key note speaker is Achille C. Varzi (Columbia). Varzi will discuss our tendency to find patterns in the world and use them to obtain laws according to which the world is organized. He deals with Hume's problem of induction by starting with a game in which the audience attempts to guess the next number in some number sequences.

The conference is sponsored in part by the UB Department of Philosophy and the UB Graduate Student Association.

Achille C. Varzi (Columbia).

Achille C. Varzi (Columbia)



310 Capen Hall, UB North Campus


Botan Dolun, Francesco Franda, Shane Hemmer, and Eric Merrill


The program is subject to change.

8:00am – 9:00am: Check-in

9:00am – 9:10am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10am – 10:10am: “Mathematical Realism from Color Objectivism”
Nicholas Danne, University of South Carolina
Commentator: Uriah Burke

10:10am – 10:30am: Coffee break
10:35am – 11:35am: “Composition, Supervenience, and Emergent Properties”
         Austin Story, Duke University
         Commentator: Shane Hemmer

11:45pm – 1:45pm: Lunch

1:50pm – 2:50pm: “Pluralism about Parthood; Pluralism about Identity; Pluralism about Ontological Costliness”
         Zachary Gabor, Harvard University
         Commentator: Clint Dowland

2:50pm – 3:05pm: Coffee break

3:10pm – 4:10pm: “The Grounding Problem and Ontological Innocence”
          Samuel Schechter, UMass Amherst
          Commentator: Francesco Franda

4:10 – 4:30pm: Coffee break

4:30 – 6:30pm: Keynote
            “The Game of the Rule”
            Achille C. Varzi (Columbia)

6:35pm: Closing Remarks

7:00pm: Dinner