Kick Off (Oct 2020)

Date: 9 October 2020, 10.00-18.30 (CET)
Place: Online (Zoom)


10.00 Welcome Greetings and Opening Remarks
10.30 Break
10.45 Sophie Allen, Rani Lill Anjum, Dirk Franken, Beate Krickel, Anne Sophie Meincke, John Pemberton, Antje Rumberg, Helen Steward, Barbara Vetter: Elevator-Pitches
12.30 Lunch Break
14.30 Keynote I & Discussion: Anna Marmodoro (Durham): Powers in Time
16.00 Break
16.15 Keynote II & Discussion: Johanna Seibt (Aarhus): Types of Dynamic Continuity in General Process Theory
17.45 Feedback & Outlook
18.00 Clinking glasses & Conversations
18.30 Closing

all times = CET

Guest Experts
Anna Marmodoro (Durham)
Johanna Seibt (Aarhus)

Anna Marmodoro: Powers in Time
In the paper I will present, Andrea Roselli and I engage with an ongoing debate on the issue of whether admitting powers into the ontology commits us to a certain conception of time; or, put differently, that given a certain conception of time one cannot also admit powers in one’s ontology. We argue that we are not in such predicament, and that one can even hold a dynamic view of powers and an eternalist conception of time.

Johanna Seibt: Types of Dynamic Continuity in General Process Theory
GPT is a mono-categorial process ontology, with non-transitive part-relation as the basic relationship among the basic entity called »general process«. General processes are concrete, yet indeterminate (general), dynamic individuals. While according to the GPT the world is a field of interconnected processes, it is possible to define different types of dynamic continuity within this field of goings-on. Some of these types of dynamic continuity engender transtemporal sameness, others engender transtemporal difference (change), with different forms of ›additivity‹ or »aggregativity« (Wimsatt) patterns resulting in ›constructive‹ and ›destructive‹ alterations. I discuss whether the current taxonomical framework of GPT can present at least criteria (necessary conditions) for at least some of those types of dynamic continuity that figure in biological »mechanisms«.