Program

10–11:15 Tobias Wilsch, Uppsala: Governing Laws
Comments by Richard Dawid, Stockholm.

Abstract:
Consider a scenario in which the actual laws of gravity hold, an apple is released from a tree in a normal environment on Earth, but instead of falling to the ground it remains in mid-air. Assume further that the gravitational laws remain in place throughout and are fully deterministic. I call such scenario's 'genuine violations' of laws of nature. In the main part of the paper, I argue that genuine violations are metaphysically possible, if regularity theories of laws are rejected. I then tease out some consequences of this claim.

11:15–11:30  Break

11:30–12:45 Pauliina Remes, Uppsala: Starting Points of Reasoning: common notions and innatism in Neoplatonism.
Comments by Gösta Grönroos, Stockholm.

Abstract:
There are a few interesting instances where Plotinus seems to argue from human experience or common way to conceive of something towards knowledge or deeper understanding of that same conception. These suggestions, although perhaps few in number, are, so I claim, crucial to understand Plotinus' epistemology, and the topic of this paper. Their significance is in providing a glimpse to how Plotinus himself, in the act of philosophizing, conceives of the development from an unclear understanding of something to a better philosophical view of that same concept, and what he thinks are the resources of this development: the role of data given to us in sense-perception and innate organization or content.