Ranch Metaphysics Workshop


January 25th-28th 2017, White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona


Conference Schedule

Note that the schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday January 25th

  • Morning. Arrival and check-in
  • 2-3pm. Riding lessons
  • 2pm-3:30pm. Slow ride
  • 4pm-5:30pm. Ted Sider (pre-read) “Theoretical Equivalence”. Comments by Tuomas Tahko. Chair: L.A. Paul.
  • 5:45-7:15pm. John Hawthorne (presentation) “Possible Patterns”. Comments by James Shaw. Chair: Ned Hall.
  • 7:30pm. Dinner
  • 8pm on. Ranch bar

Thursday January 26th

  • 7:30-9am. Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30am. Erica Shumener (presentation) “Physicalism without Ground”. Comments by Karen Bennett. Chair: Branden Fitelson.
  • 10:45am-12:15pm. John McCoy, L.A. Paul and Tomer Ullman (presentation) “Modal Imagination”. Comments by John Collins. Chair: Andrew Bailey.
  • 12:30-2pm. Lunch
  • 1-2pm. Riding lessons
  • 2:15pm. Meet at corral for horse assignment and saddling up
  • 2:30pm. Horseback ride to cookout site (ride is optional: you can hike to the site, or the ranch will drive you)
  • 3:45-5:15pm. Kris McDaniel (presentation at cookout site). “Normative Accounts of Fundamentality”. Comments by Nick Stang. Chair: Jennifer Wang.
  • 5:15pm. Sunset ride back to ranch
  • 6pm. Happy hour in ranch bar
  • 7pm. Dinner

Friday January 27th

  • 7:30-9am. Breakfast
  • 9-10:30am. Fast ride / slow ride
  • 10:30am-12pm. Rachel Sterken (presentation) “Transformative Communicative Disruptions”. Comments by Jack Spencer. Chair: Daniel Nolan.
  • 12:00-1pm. Lunch
  • 1-2:30pm. Michael Della Rocca (pre-read) “Being Knowledge (or: Monism of Knowledge)”. Comments by Jonathan Schaffer. Chair: David Mark Kovacs.
  • 2:45-4:15pm. Herman Cappelen (presentation) “A Theory of Conceptual Engineering”. Comments by Brian Weatherson. Chair: Dana Goswick.
  • 4:30-6pm. Team Penning
  • 6pm. Happy hour
  • 7:30pm. Dinner

Saturday January 28th

  • 7:30-9am. Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30am. Anna-Sofia Maurin (presentation) “Grounding & Explanation: it’s complicated”. Chair: Bradley Rettler.
  • 10:45am-12:15pm: Sarah Moss (pre-read) “Knowledge and persons”. Comments by Sophie Horowitz. Chair: Michaela McSweeney.
  • 12:30-2pm. Lunch
  • 1-2pm. Riding lessons
  • 1:30-3pm. Slow ride
  • 2-3pm. Fast ride
  • 3:15-4:45pm. Miriam Schoenfield (pre-read) “Beliefs Formed Arbitrarily: A Guide for the Perplexed”. Comments by Tom Donaldson. Chair: Mary Beth Willard.
  • 5:00-6:30pm. John Bengson (pre-read) “The Unity of Understanding”. Comments by Dilip Ninan. Chair: Nina Emery.
  • 6:30pm. Happy hour in ranch bar
  • 7:30pm. Dinner

Sunday, January 29th

  • 7:30-9am. Breakfast
  • Depart Ranch.