Eliminativism
workshop

4-7 July 2016
Ovronnaz, Switzerland




In one of its most famous forms, eliminativism is the idea that tables, shoes, and trees don't exist - actually, none of the objects we seem to be seeing around us do. Only something like "fundamental particles arranged tablewise" exist. But in general there can be many eliminativisms about many things. For instance, in aesthetics it has been argued that musical works do not exist. Eliminativism has also been defended in the field of the philosophy of mind or in the case of the Self. In this workshop, we will be interested in particular cases of eliminativism but also in the general strategy and common points between different brands of eliminativism. We will also be interested in the relationship beween eliminativism and reductionism: what is the difference between eliminating X and reducing X ?

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Speakers :
L.A. Paul (UNC Chapel Hill)
Trenton Merricks (Virginia)
Mark Heller (Syracuse)
Alex Miller (Otago)
Daniel Korman (Illinois)
Jiri Benovsky (Fribourg)


Place of the workshop :
Ovronnaz


How to get to Ovronnaz :
To get from Geneva Airport or Zurich Airport to Ovronnaz is very easy (it takes about 3 hours, a bit more from Zurich than from Geneva) : Directly at the airport, you just have to take a train followed by a connecting bus (since the train does not go up in the mountains of course). The timetable of the trains, including the connecting bus is here (you buy just ONE ticket for both the train and the bus, it's operated by the same company, so you buy just ONE ticket from Geneva to Ovronnaz and return). To find the timetables, just write on this webpage "Geneva-airport" or "Zurich-airport" to "Ovronnaz" and click OK, you will then be given a choice, and there you pick "Ovronnaz, centre therm. Melley", and you'll get all you need. The bus stops directly in front of the hotel. (Note : on this website "IR", "IC" and "EC" are all trains, "BUS" is ... the bus :-))