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Essentialism and the Mind

English title Essentialism and the Mind
Applicant Mulligan Kevin
Number 132420
Funding scheme ProDoc
Research institution Département de Philosophie Faculté des Lettres Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Philosophy
Start/End 01.10.2010 - 30.09.2013
Approved amount 323'213.00
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Keywords (3)

essentialism; anti-essentialism; mind

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
This project deals with a question at the boundary between metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. Not with those old favourites the plausibility of dualism or physicalism but with the question whether mental episodes and states have a nature or essence. Essentialism about a class of objects is the view that the most fundamental properties of such objects flow from the nature of these objects. Essential truths about a class of objects are, it is argued, distinct from the nomically necessary truths about such objects. The project deals with the plausibility of essentialism about mental episodes and states with special reference to the emotions.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Employees

Publications

Publication
Acceptance, Acknowledgement, Affirmation, Agreement, Assertion, Belief, Certainty, Conviction, Denial, Judgement, Refusal & Rejection
Mulligan Kevin (2013), Acceptance, Acknowledgement, Affirmation, Agreement, Assertion, Belief, Certainty, Conviction, Denial, Judgement, Refusal & Rejection, in Textor M. (ed.), Palgrave/Macmillan, London, 97.
Immaginazione, default thinking e incorporamento
Mulligan Kevin (2013), Immaginazione, default thinking e incorporamento, in Rivista di Estetica, 55.
Metaphysical Grounds and Essence
Correia Fabrice (2013), Metaphysical Grounds and Essence, in Hoeltje M. & Schnieder B. & Steinberg A. (ed.), Philosophia, München, 271.
Attualità del Presente contro Atto d'Essere
Costa Damiano (2012), Attualità del Presente contro Atto d'Essere, in Rivista di Teologia e Filosofia di Lugano, 331.
Definitions Come in Many Kinds: Reply to Comments
Mulligan K. Scherer K. R. (2012), Definitions Come in Many Kinds: Reply to Comments, in Emotion Review, 4, 389.
Dispositions and processes in the emotion ontology
Hastings J. Ceusters W. Smith B. Mulligan K. (2012), Dispositions and processes in the emotion ontology, in CEUR-WS, 833, 71.
Grounding: an opinionated introduction
Correia Fabrice & Schnieder Benjamin (2012), Grounding: an opinionated introduction, in Correia Fabrice & Schnieder Benjamin (ed.), 1-36.
Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality
Correia Fabrice & Schnieder Benjamin (ed.) (2012), Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
On the Reduction of Necessity to Essence
Correia Fabrice (2012), On the Reduction of Necessity to Essence, in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 84(3), 639-653.
Wanting what we don't want to want: Representing addiction in interoperable bio-ontologies
Hastings J. Novère N. le Ceusters W. Mulligan K. Smith B. (2012), Wanting what we don't want to want: Representing addiction in interoperable bio-ontologies, in KR-MED Series (ed.), -, -, -.
Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande
Mulligan K. (2012), Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande, Vrin, Paris 4.
From Grounding to Truth-Making: Some Thoughts
Correia Fabrice (2011), From Grounding to Truth-Making: Some Thoughts, in Reboul Anne (ed.), Anne Reboul (online), Genève, 1-13.
On Meaning Something and Meanings
Mulligan Kevin (2011), On Meaning Something and Meanings, in Grazer Philosophische Studien, 82, 255.
Wittgenstein et ses prédécesseurs austro-allemands
Mulligan Kevin (2011), Wittgenstein et ses prédécesseurs austro-allemands, in Philosophiques, 38(2), 5.
Emotions and Values
Mulligan Kevin (2010), Emotions and Values, in Goldie P. (ed.), 475.
Grounding and Truth-Functions
Correia Fabrice (2010), Grounding and Truth-Functions, in Logique et Analyse, 53(211), 251-279.
Husserls Herz
Mulligan Kevin (2010), Husserls Herz, in Frank Manfred and Weidtmann Niels (ed.), 209.
The Truth Connective vs the Truth Predicate. On Taking Connectives Seriously
Mulligan Kevin (2010), The Truth Connective vs the Truth Predicate. On Taking Connectives Seriously, in Dialectica, 64(4), 565.
Dependence
Correia Fabrice, Dependence, in Seibt J. & Imaguire G. (ed.), Philosophia, München, Handbook of Mereology.
Eating Animals and the Moral Value of Non-Human Suffering
Hirèche Salim & Villata Sandra, Eating Animals and the Moral Value of Non-Human Suffering, in Grazer Philosophische Studien, 88, 257-266.
Formal Concepts. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Polish Logic. Essays in Honour of Jan Woleński
Mulligan K. KijaniaPlacek K. Placek T. (ed.), Formal Concepts. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Polish Logic. Essays in Honour of Jan Woleński, Plagrave, -.
From Times to Worlds and Back Again: A Transcendentist Theory of Persistence
Costa Damiano, Giordani Alessandro, From Times to Worlds and Back Again: A Transcendentist Theory of Persistence, in Thought - A Journal of Philosophy, -.
Logical Grounds
Correia Fabrice, Logical Grounds, in Review of Symbolic Logic.
Sakes and Personal Value. Review of 2011 T. Rønnow-Rasmussen, Personal Value, OUP
Mulligan Kevin, Sakes and Personal Value. Review of 2011 T. Rønnow-Rasmussen, Personal Value, OUP, in Utilitas, -.
Supervenience
Correia Fabrice, Supervenience, in Seibt J. & Imaguire G. (ed.), Philosophia, München.
Temporal Parts and Spatial Location
Costa Damiano, Temporal Parts and Spatial Location, in Reboul Anne (ed.), -.
Wittgenstein e la filosofia austro-tedesca
Mulligan Kevin, Wittgenstein e la filosofia austro-tedesca, Mimesis, Milan.
Wittgenstein y la filosofia austro-alemana
Mulligan Kevin, Wittgenstein y la filosofia austro-alemana, Editorial Tecnos, Madrid.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Tübingen Masterclass in Theoretical Philosophy Talk given at a conference 16.10.2013 Tübingen, Germany Hirèche Salim;
Groundedness in Semantics and Beyond Talk given at a conference 23.08.2013 Olso, Norway Correia Fabrice;
Conference on the Philosophy of Kit Fine Talk given at a conference 01.08.2013 Varano Borghi, Italy Costa Damiano;
The Philosophy of Kit Fine Talk given at a conference 28.07.2013 Varano Borhi, Italy Correia Fabrice;
The Philosophy of Kit Fine Talk given at a conference 28.07.2013 Varese Borghi, Italy Hirèche Salim;
Explanation in Metaphysics Talk given at a conference 22.06.2013 Newcastle, Switzerland Mulligan Kevin;
Workshop on the Philosophy of Photography Talk given at a conference 20.06.2013 Ovronnaz, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
Philosophies of Philosophy Talk given at a conference 18.06.2013 Dublin, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Mulligan Kevin;
Workshop on Metaphysics Talk given at a conference 15.06.2013 Bergamo, Italy Costa Damiano;
Workshop on location and mereology Talk given at a conference 01.06.2013 Genève, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
Workshop on Identity Talk given at a conference 01.06.2013 Zürich, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
Parlare di ciò che si vede. Oggetti, colori, suoni, traiettorie a partire da Paolo Bozzi (1930-2003) Talk given at a conference 31.05.2013 Trento, Italy Mulligan Kevin;
Serious Metaphysics Group Talk given at a conference 22.05.2013 Cambridge, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Mulligan Kevin;
Time and Existence Talk given at a conference 01.05.2013 Milan, Italy Costa Damiano;
eidos research seminar Talk given at a conference 01.05.2013 Geneva, Switzerland Hirèche Salim;
Philosophy Colloquium Individual talk 01.04.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
CEU Talk given at a conference 26.03.2013 Budapest, Hungary Mulligan Kevin;
Doctoral Workshop with Josh Parsons Talk given at a conference 01.03.2013 Genève, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
The Ontology of the Mind and the Semantics of Nominalizations Talk given at a conference 01.02.2013 Paris, France Costa Damiano;
ProDoc Colloquium Talk given at a conference 27.01.2013 Ovronnaz, Switzerland Hirèche Salim;
Rencontre philosophique romande Talk given at a conference 06.12.2012 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Correia Fabrice;
Departmental Talks, Philosophisches Seminar Talk given at a conference 29.11.2012 Tübingen, Germany Correia Fabrice;
Vouloir dire, est-ce vouloir? Individual talk 29.11.2012 Dijon, France Mulligan Kevin;
Lemming Graduate Conference Talk given at a conference 15.11.2012 Cologne, Germany Costa Damiano;
Colloquium in Mathematical Philosophy Talk given at a conference 15.11.2012 München, Germany Correia Fabrice;
Space & Time Talk given at a conference 01.11.2012 Barcelona, Spain Costa Damiano;
Institutskolloquium, Philosophisches Seminar Talk given at a conference 31.10.2012 Hamburg, Germany Correia Fabrice;
The Metaphysics of Science: Objects, Relations and Structures Talk given at a conference 12.10.2012 Lausanne, Switzerland Mulligan Kevin;
Colloque de recherche Talk given at a conference 02.10.2012 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Correia Fabrice;
Spatial Representation and Logic Talk given at a conference 01.10.2012 Lausanne, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
Workshop “La vérité” Talk given at a conference 21.09.2012 Paris, France Hirèche Salim;
Logical Form Talk given at a conference 18.09.2012 Cambridge, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Mulligan Kevin;
Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy Talk given at a conference 13.09.2012 Salzburg, Austria Hirèche Salim;
Paris-Hamburg Ontology Workshop Talk given at a conference 01.09.2012 Paris, France Costa Damiano;
Summer School on Ontological Analysis Talk given at a conference 16.07.2012 Urbino, Italy Mulligan Kevin;
Passions and Emotions in Ancient and Modern Philosophy Talk given at a conference 02.07.2012 Assos, Turkey Mulligan Kevin;
Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society Talk given at a conference 01.07.2012 Stirling, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Costa Damiano;
PETAF Modality Workshop Talk given at a conference 12.06.2012 Stockholm, Sweden Correia Fabrice;
The Uninportance of Truth and the Importance of Practice Talk given at a conference 04.06.2012 Zürich, Switzerland Mulligan Kevin;
Metaphysics, Meaning and Modality: Themes from Kit Fine Talk given at a conference 24.05.2012 Bucharest, Romania Correia Fabrice;
eidos research seminar Talk given at a conference 23.05.2012 Geneva, Switzerland Hirèche Salim;
SOPHA 2012 Talk given at a conference 15.05.2012 Paris, France Costa Damiano;
Philosophy Colloquium Individual talk 15.05.2012 Milan, Italy Costa Damiano;
SOPHA Conference Talk given at a conference 05.05.2012 Paris, France Hirèche Salim;
Conference on Time and Ontology Talk given at a conference 01.05.2012 Namur, Belgium Costa Damiano;
Explanation and Evidence Talk given at a conference 25.04.2012 Genève, Switzerland Mulligan Kevin;
Philosophy Colloquium Individual talk 01.04.2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
Logic Tea, ILLC Talk given at a conference 13.03.2012 Amsterdam, Netherlands Correia Fabrice;
La Metafisica della Proprietà Talk given at a conference 12.03.2012 Bergamo, Italy Mulligan Kevin;
Quelques cartes de l'esprit Talk given at a conference 23.02.2012 Tunis, Tunisia Mulligan Kevin;
Philosophical Society Talks Talk given at a conference 17.02.2012 Oxford, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Correia Fabrice;
Workshop on the Logic and Metaphysics of Essence Talk given at a conference 15.01.2012 Lugano, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
The Logic and Metaphysics of Essence Talk given at a conference 13.01.2012 Lugano, Switzerland Correia Fabrice;
Act-Based Conceptions of Propositional Content Talk given at a conference 26.11.2011 Paris, France Mulligan Kevin;
Truth-Makers and Proof-Objects Talk given at a conference 23.11.2011 Paris, France Mulligan Kevin;
eidos meeting Individual talk 04.11.2011 Genève, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
SGSLPS conference on Philosophical Modal Logic Talk given at a conference 07.10.2011 Genève, Switzerland Correia Fabrice;
ECAP 7 Talk given at a conference 01.09.2011 Milan, Italy Mulligan Kevin;
Swiss Graduate Conference Talk given at a conference 01.09.2011 Ovronnaz, Switzerland Costa Damiano;
Seventh Conference of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy Talk given at a conference 01.07.2011 Milan, Italy Costa Damiano;
Realisms Talk given at a conference 06.06.2011 Helsinki, Finland Mulligan Kevin;
PERSP Metaphysics Seminar Talk given at a conference 20.05.2011 Barcelona, Spain Correia Fabrice;
Geneva-Barcelona Workshop Talk given at a conference 11.05.2011 Barcelona, Spain Hirèche Salim;
Seventh Barcelona-Geneva Philosophy Meeting Talk given at a conference 01.05.2011 Barcelona, Spain Costa Damiano;
Grounding and Modality Workshop Talk given at a conference 23.04.2011 Glasgow, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Correia Fabrice;
Ontological Dependence Workshop Talk given at a conference 12.02.2011 Bristol, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Correia Fabrice;
Research Colloquium, Goethe Universität Talk given at a conference 01.02.2011 Frankfurt, Germany Correia Fabrice;
Belief, Feeling and Emotion Talk given at a conference 19.11.2010 Genève, Switzerland Mulligan Kevin;
3rd Eidos-Thumos joint meeting Talk given at a conference 14.11.2010 Genève, Switzerland Mulligan Kevin;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Laws of Nature, Dispositions and Natural Modality 09.09.2013 Geneva, Switzerland
Metaphysics of Time Workshop 22.07.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland
The Philosophy of Kit Fine 01.07.2013 Varano Borghi, Italy
Explanation in Metaphysics 22.06.2013 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Workshop on location and mereology 01.06.2013 Genève, Switzerland
Workshop with Josh Parsons 01.03.2013 Genève, Switzerland
PETAF Space and Time Workshop 13.12.2012 Barcelona, Spain
Nominalism. A reassessment 09.09.2012 Genève, Switzerland
Topics in the Metaphysics of Properties 01.09.2012 Lugano, Switzerland
Logic and Metaphysics of Essence 15.01.2012 Lugano, Switzerland
Political Philosophy and the Arab Spring 12.12.2011 Geneva, Switzerland
Time and Explanation Conference 14.09.2011 Geneva, Switzerland
First PETAF Workshop 08.12.2010 Geneva, Switzerland

Awards

Title Year
Bourse Philibert Collart 2013

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
114758 La théorie de l'essence 01.09.2007 SNSF Professorships
127488 Intentionality as the Mark of the Mental - Metaphysical Perspectives on Contemporary Philosophy of Mind 01.10.2009 Sinergia

Abstract

This project deals with a question at the boundary between metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. Not with those old favourites the plausibility of dualism or physicalism but with the question whether mental episodes and states have a nature or essence. Essentialism about a class of objects is the view that the most fundamental properties of such objects flow from the nature of these objects. Essential truths about a class of objects are, it is argued, distinct from the nomically necessary truths about such objects. The project deals with the plausibility of essentialism about mental episodes and states with special reference to the emotions.
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