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Argyris Arnellos: When and why should a collection of cells be considered an individual organism?

Lecture by Argyris Arnellos ( the KLI Institute, Klosterneuburg, Austria), organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy

Almost all multicellular (MC) systems comprise a number of different cell types and they are characterized by cell-to-cell interactions, thereby exhibiting some kind of integration, which in turn enables their maintenance and adaptation in the environment. In this respect, all MC systems, at least from a phenotypic point of view, seem to operate as individual organisms.

Notwithstanding the resulting adaptation at the global level, I will argue that the related neo-Darwinian and adaptationist explanatory frameworks: (i). do not bear any distinctive power with respect to the strikingly different characters of multicellularity; (ii). cannot fully account for the individual/organismal status of multicellular systems. Adopting an organizational perspective, I distinguish between ...(continue reading...)

WhenWe 27-05-2015
WhereRoom Alfa, Faculty of Philosophy

Philosophy of a specific discipline colloquium: Philosophy of Medicine (Alex Broadbent)

Prof Alex Broadbent (University of Johannesburg): Health as a Secondary Property

In this paper, I argue that the debate between naturalism and normativism about health concerns not one but two issues: not only whether health facts are normative, but also whether they are objective. This distinction is not clearly drawn in the literature. Having drawn the distinction, I go on...(continue reading...)

WhenWe 03-06-2015
WhereRoom Alpha of the Faculty of Philosophy

Dave Ripley: "Transitivity"

Grolog lecture, Dave Ripley (UConn)

In defining "consequence relation", a number of authors insist that the relation in question be "reflexive, monotonic, and transitive". It is not so commonly noted (but it is not hard to see) that the notion of "transitivity" in play here is almost never the usual relation-theoretic notion. (This is because consequence relations almost never *are* transitive in the usual relation-theoretic sense.) In fact, there are several distinct notions that lurk under the surface of the word "transitivity" in logicians' mouths. The purpose of this talk is to try to clarify the situation: to map out a variety of properties of consequence relations we might be interested in under the name "transitivity".
WhenTh 04-06-2015
WhereRoom Gamma, Faculty of Philosophy

Mark Richard: Conceptual evolution

Lecture by Mark Richard (Harvard), organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy

Abstract TBA

WhenTh 11-06-2015
WhereRoom Omega, Faculty of Philosophy

Aristotle and Early Modern Philosophy

The workshop is part of the activities of the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy and it has been funded by the OZSW and the Faculty of Philosophy at Groningen. Speakers include Frans de Haas (Leiden), Helen Hattab (Houston), Marco Sgarbi (Venice) and Martin Lenz (Groningen). View program & registration

WhenWe 24-06-2015
WhereFaculty of Philosophy, Room Alpha

Oldenburg-Groningen Workshop in Formal Epistemology

Workshop organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy

More information TBA

WhenTh 25-06-2015
WhereFaculty of Philosophy, Room Beta

Workshop on Epistemic Justification

On August 23 to 25 2015, the Workshop on Epistemic Justification JUSTGroningen is held at the Faculty of Philosophy. Invited speakers: Clayton Littlejohn (King's College London), Erik Olsson (Lund), Duncan Pritchard (Edinburgh), William Roche (Texas), Katie Steele (LSE) and Sylvia Wenmackers (Leuven). Call for Abstracts: We welcome submissions on all aspects of epistemic justification, and especially..... (continue reading...)

WhenSu 23-08-2015
WhereFaculty of Philosophy

Dutch Seminar in Medieval Philosophy

Two-day seminar: 30-31 October 2015. Keynote speaker: Prof. Russell Friedman

The DSMP is organized jointly by the Universities of Groningen, the Radboud University (Nijmegen), and the VU University Amsterdam.

The DSMP aims to bring together senior scholars, young researchers, and advanced graduate students working on medieval philosophy to discuss their work. The seminar will have a focus on philosophy in and around the Medieval universities, and welcomes papers on thinkers as early as Abelard, or as late as Suarez.

Call for Papers

Abstracts of approximately 500 words should be prepared for blind review, and sent to by July 1st. Attendance is free. Please note that the DSMP cannot cover speakers’ travel expenses or accommodation. For further information, please contact Dr. Han Thomas Adriaenssen or Dr. Sander de Boer

WhenFr 30-10-2015
WhereFaculty of Philosophy
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