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Philosophy Speakers: Kris McDaniel (Syracuse): "Normative Analyses of Fundamentality"

Date & Time:
December 4, 2015 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Social Sciences Tower, Room 1253

About the Talk

I propose a radical reorientation of the metaphysical and meta-ethical landscape by offering for consideration an analysis of metaphysical fundamentality in normative terms.  Very roughly, the analysis is the following: to be a fundamental property is to be a property that we prima facie ought to theorize in terms of.  On the proposed analysis, normativity in a sense carves closer to the joints than joint carving itself.  On the proposed analysis, not only are some normative properties among the ground floor, but these very properties are what are needed to even characterize what it is to be among the ground floor.  On this theory, there is no need to “fit” normativity into the natural world since normativity is already needed to even characterize the very joints of the natural world.  

About the Speaker

Kris McDaniel isProfessor of Philosophy at Syracuse University.  He works primarily in metaphysics and has published articles on existence, meta-ontology, composition, persistence through time, and modality.  He is also interested in ethics and the history of philosophy.  He is currently working on two forthcoming books: The Fragmentation of Being (Oxford) and This is Metaphysics (Wiley-Blackwell).


Kris McDaniel's Webpage

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