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Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies

Exploring various aspects of modern and ancient metaphysics as they relate to the hypothesis that powers (or dispositions) are the sole elementary building block in ontology.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Two Concepts of Emergence Timothy O'Connor (Indiana) gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies podcast series. Tim O'Connor 07 May 2014
2 Creative Commons Processes and Powers John Dupré (Exeter) gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies podcast series John Dupré 07 May 2014
3 Creative Commons Powers: Necessity and Neighbourhoods Neil Williams (Buffalo University) gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies podcast series Neil Williams 07 May 2014
4 Creative Commons Causal Production as Interaction: a Causal Account of Persistence and Grounding Rögnvaldur Ingthorsson (Lund University) gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies podcast series Rögnvaldur Ingthorsson 07 May 2014
5 Creative Commons Doing Away With Dispositions: Towards a Law-Based Account of Modality in Science Stephen French (Leeds) gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies series. Stephen French 18 Feb 2014
6 Creative Commons Quidditism and Modal Methodology Alastair Wilson, Birmingham, gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies series Alastair Wilson 18 Feb 2014
7 Creative Commons The Fundamentality of the Familiar Nick Jones, University of Birmingham, gives a talk in which he appeal to an examination of the explanatory role of ordinary macroscopic objects to argue that some of them are metaphysically fundamental. Nick Jones 18 Feb 2014
8 Creative Commons Aristotle's Dynamics in Physics VII 5: the Importance of Being Conditional Henry Mendell (California State) gives a talk for the Power Structualism in Ancient Ontologies series Henry Mendell 18 Feb 2014
9 Creative Commons Aristotle on the Happiness of the City Don Morison (Rice) gives a talk for the Power Structualism in Ancient Ontology series. Don Morison 18 Feb 2014
10 Creative Commons Pluralism and Determinism Thomas Sattig (Tübingen) gives a talk for the Power Structualism in Ancient Ontologies series. Thomas Sattig 18 Feb 2014
11 Creative Commons Inclination and the Modality of Dispositions Mark Sinclair (Manchester Metropolitan) gives a talk for the Power Structualism in Ancient Ontologies series Mark Sinclair 18 Feb 2014
12 Creative Commons Can We Make Sense of Metaphysical Knowledge? Claudine Tiercelin (Collège de France) gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies series. Claudine Tiercelin 18 Feb 2014
13 Stilpo of Megara and the Uses of Argument Nick Denyer (Cambridge) gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies podcast series Nick Denyer 13 Feb 2014
14 Marcus Aurelius' Meditations: How Stoic are They? Christopher Gill (Exeter) gives a talk on Marcus Aurelius' Meditations and asks How Stoic are They? Christopher GIll 13 Feb 2014
15 Creative Commons Moral Development and Self-Knowledge in Aristotle Steve Makin, (Sheffield) gives a talk for the Power Structualism in Ancient Ontologies podcast series Steve Makin 13 Feb 2014
16 Creative Commons Freedom and Responsibility Revisited Richard Sorabji gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontolgies podcast series Richard Sorabji 13 Feb 2014
17 Creative Commons Collective Agency and Knowledge of Others' Minds Stephen Butterfill gives a talk on philosophy and collective agency and other people's minds Stephen Butterfill 12 Feb 2014
18 Creative Commons Aristotle on Singular Thought Mika Perala gives a talk on Aristotle's philosophy Mika Perala 12 Feb 2014
19 Creative Commons Multimodal Perception and the Distinction Between the Senses Louise Fiona Richardson gives a talk on philosophy and perception Louise Fiona Richardson 12 Feb 2014
20 Common Sense and Metaperception Jerome Dokic gives a talk on common sense and philosophy Jerome Dokic 12 Feb 2014
21 Creative Commons The Causal Power of Structure and the Role of Intellect Howard Robinson gives a talk on philosophy and the role of the intellect Howard Robinson 12 Feb 2014
22 Creative Commons Aristotle on the Problem of Common Sensibles Anna Marmodoro gives a talk on Aristotle and his philosophy Anna Marmodoro 12 Feb 2014
23 Creative Commons The Persistence of Animate Organisms Rory Madden, Lecturer in Philosophy at University College London, gives a talk about animate organisms for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies Project. Rory Madden 23 Aug 2013
24 Creative Commons Freedom and Responsibility Revisited Professor Richard Sorabji, Wolfson College Oxford, gives a talk on freedom and responsibility as part of the series 'Talks on Powers, Structures and Relations in Ancient Philosophy'. Richard Sorabji 23 Aug 2013
25 Creative Commons Causes, Powers and Structures in a Factored Process Ontology: Solutions and Lacunae Peter Simons, Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College, Dublin, gives a talk as part of the series 'Metaphysics of Powers, Causation and Persons'. Peter Simons 23 Aug 2013
26 Creative Commons There are Mechanisms, and Then There are Mechanisms Mechanisms are at centre-stage right now in philosophy of science, especially in discussions of causal explanation and causal inference. Nancy Cartwright 23 Aug 2013
27 Cartesian Transubstantiation John Heil, Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St Louis, gives a talk on Cartesian Transubstantiation. John Heil 23 Aug 2013
28 Creative Commons Powers, Functions and Parts: the Stoics (and Others) on the Nature of the Passions Professor Jim Hankinson, University of Texas at Austin, gives a talk for the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies project. Jim Hankinson 23 Aug 2013
29 Creative Commons Aristotelian v. Contemporary Perspectives on Relations Jeff Brower, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University, gives a talk explaining the key differences between Aristotelian and more contemporary theories of relations. Jeffrey E Brower 23 Aug 2013
30 Creative Commons Structure and Quality A talk from Galen Strawson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas. Galen Strawson 23 Aug 2013
31 Creative Commons Freedom and Indifference in Marcus Aurelius John Sellars, Wolfson College, Oxford, gives a talk as part of the series "Marcus Aurelius: Philosophical, Historical, and Literary Perspectives". John Sellars 23 Aug 2013
32 Creative Commons Marcus on Becoming Whole Michael Griffin, Assistant Professor in Philosophy at University of British Columbia, gives a talk as part of the series "Marcus Aurelius: Philosophical, Historical, and Literary Perspectives". Michael Griffin 23 Aug 2013
33 Creative Commons Religious Debate and Religious Competition in the Age of Marcus Aurelius Mark Edwards, Christ Church College, Oxford, discusses religion in the age of Marcus Aurelius as part of the series "Marcus Aurelius: Philosophical, Historical, and Literary Perspectives". Mark Edwards 23 Aug 2013
34 Creative Commons Marcus Aurelius' Meditations - Is there a Core Project? Professor Christopher Gill, University of Exeter, meditates on Marcus Aurelius as part of the series, "Marcus Aurelius: Philosophical, Historical, and Literary Perspectives". Christopher GIll 23 Aug 2013
35 Creative Commons Empedocles' Dynamic, Changeless World In this talk Anna Marmodoro, Corpus Christi, Oxford, explore the view that Empedocles' world is both dynamic and changeless, and investigate the metaphysical account that Empedocles gives for such a world. Anna Marmodoro 23 Aug 2013
36 Creative Commons Powers in the cosmic cycle A talk given by Professor Oliver Primavesi, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat, from the series on Empedocles' Metaphysics. Oliver Primavesi 23 Aug 2013
37 Creative Commons Empedoclean Superorganisms A talk about Empedoclean Superorganisms from Professor David Sedley, Christ's College, Cambridge, from the series on Empedocles' Metaphysics. David Sedley 23 Aug 2013
38 Creative Commons Which Things have Divine Names in Empedocles and Why? A talk from Professor Catherine Rowett, University of East Anglia, from a series on Empedocles' Metaphysics. Catherine Rowett 23 Aug 2013
39 Creative Commons Elemental Change in Empedocles John shows how recognising that the Empedoclean roots - fire, water, earth, and air - are subject to forms of generation and destruction consistent with his rejection into nothing. John Palmer 23 Aug 2013
40 Creative Commons Thinking Structure Patricia Curd takes the problem of structure to cover both of these questions: (1) How is it that the cosmos is an organized system of diverse entities? (2) Why does this system maintain regularity over long periods of time? Patricia Curd 23 Aug 2013
41 Creative Commons The Metaphysics of Rovelli's Relational Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Mauro Dorato (University of Rome) gives a talk for the Metaphysics of Relations Conference, held on 3rd-5th October 2012 in University of London. Mauro Dorato 12 Dec 2012
42 Creative Commons Causal Relations John Heil (Washington University in St. Louis) gives a talk for the Metaphysics of Relations Conference, held on 3rd-5th October 2012 in University of London. John Heil 12 Dec 2012
43 Creative Commons External Relations, Causal Coincidence and Contingency Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin) gives a talk for the Metaphysics of Relations Conference, held on 3rd-5th October 2012 in University of London. Peter Simons 12 Dec 2012
44 Relations All The Way Down? Stephen Mumford (Nottingham University) gives a talk for the Metaphysics of Relations Conference, held on 3rd-5th October 2012 in University of London. Co-written by Sebastian Briceno. Stephen Mumford 12 Dec 2012
45 Positionalism Revisited Maureen Donnelly (SUNY at Buffalo) gives a talk for the Metaphysics of Relations Conference, held on 3rd-5th October 2012 in University of London. Maureen Donnelly 12 Dec 2012
46 There Are (Probably) No Relations Jonathan Lowe (University of Durham) gives a talk for the Metaphysics of Relations Conference, held on 3rd-5th October 2012 in University of London. Jonathan Lowe 12 Dec 2012
47 Creative Commons Galen and the Ontology of Powers Jim Hankinson (University of Texas at Austin) gives a talk for the Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquit conference, held at Corpus Christi College on 21st-22 September 2012. Jim Hankinson 12 Dec 2012
48 Creative Commons Immanent Intelligence and the Natural Faculties in Galen Brooke Holmes (Princeton University) gives a talk for the Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquit conference, held at Corpus Christi College on 21st-22 September 2012. Brooke Holmes 12 Dec 2012
49 Creative Commons On Weakness/Strength and Sickness/Health in Ancient Daoist Philosophy Hans-Georg Moeller (University College Cork), gives a talk for the Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquit conference, held at Corpus Christi College on 21st-22 September 2012. Hans-Georg Moeller 12 Dec 2012
50 Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquity Philip van der Ejik gives a talk for the Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquit conference, held at Corpus Christi College on 21st-22 September 2012. Philip van der Ejik 12 Dec 2012
51 Creative Commons A Determinable-based Account of Metaphysical Indeterminacy Jessica Wilson (University of Toronto) gives a talk for the Metaphysics of Relations Conference, held at Senate House, University of London on 3rd-5th October 2012. Jessica Wilson 12 Dec 2012
52 Creative Commons A Platonic Theory of Truthmaking Berman (St Louis Univ.) lays out and defends a platonic explanation of non-modal and modal truths using Forms as their truthmakers. He argues that this platonic theory is parsimonious, naturalistic, and ontologically serious. Scott Berman 06 Mar 2012
53 Creative Commons Objective and Subjective Powers and Dispositions Kistler (Sorbonne) introduces a distinction between powers and dispositions: A 'multi-track disposition' manifests itself in different ways Mi in different triggering circumstances Ti. Max Kistler 06 Mar 2012
54 Creative Commons Limitations of Power Bird (Bristol) warns against overextending the case for a powers ontology, arguing that it cannot answer typical questions outside fundamental metaphysics, for example concerning the analysis of causal statements. Alexander Bird 15 Feb 2012
55 Creative Commons Mutual Manifestations and Martin's Two Triangles Mumford (Nottingham) argues that although superior to a stimulus-response model, Martin's mutual manifestation model must be amended to resemble less mereological composition and more causation. Stephen Mumford 15 Feb 2012
56 Creative Commons Identity, Individuality and Discernibility Ladyman (Bristol) explains the recent debates about the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles and results about weak discernibility. He considers their implications for structuralism and the light they shed on ontological dependence. James Ladyman 15 Feb 2012
57 Creative Commons Relational vs. Constituent Ontologies Van Inwagen (Notre Dame) argues that relational ontologies (denying properties can be constituents of particulars) are preferable to constituent ontologies (holding properties are constituents of the particulars that have them). Peter Van Inwagen 15 Feb 2012
58 Creative Commons Is causation a relation? Jacobs (St. Louis Univ.) explores the view that between a substance and its power, on one hand, and the result of the substance manifesting its power, there is no relation at all. Thus, causal, relational truths have non-relational ontological grounds. Jonathan Jacobs 15 Feb 2012