Kick Off (Oct 2020)

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



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«.