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Aristote chez les Helve`tes. Onze essais de me´taphysique helve´tique

English title Aristotle and the Helvetians. Eleven Essays in Helvetian Metaphysics
Applicant Massin Olivier
Number 139932
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Département de Philosophie Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Philosophy
Start/End 01.02.2013 - 31.12.2015
Approved amount 95'765.00
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Keywords (6)

ordinary objects; metaphysics; popularization; ontology; common sense; switzerland

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

What the researchers in philosophy really do in their offices remains unfortunately mysterious for the general public. One crucial field of the philosophical research is especially enigmatic: metaphysics. The general goal of the project "Aristotle and the Helvetians. Eleven Essays in Helvetian Metaphysics" is to lift the veil from the philosophers’ activity, more specifically, from the metaphysicians’ methods and results. The project is divided into two stages. During the first stage (first year), the project’s aim is to publish a book entitled "Aristote chez les Helvètes, 11 essais de métaphysique helvétique". The book will deal with questions such has "What is A mountain?", "What is a hole in the Emmentaler?", "What is a bank?", "What is a fondue?", "What is a cow? "What is a watch?" by relying on contemporary metaphysical discussions. The second stage (second year) of the project is devoted to discuss the book’s content with the general public. A website —more particularly, a discussion forum— is designed. A course of presentations/debates is organized.

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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Name Institute

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Départements de philosophie de Suisse romande Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
RTS Découverte, http://www.rts.ch/decouverte/monde-et-societe/philosophie/la-philosophie/ Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Collaborateurs des de´partements de philosophie en Suisse Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Aristote chez les Helvètes, Conférences Western Switzerland 2015
Media relations: radio, television Aristote chez les Helvètes, Promotion RTS, RTN Western Switzerland 2015
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Aristote chez les Helvètes Western Switzerland 2014

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
126656 Fundamentality 01.10.2010 Project funding
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

What the researchers in philosophy really do in their offices remains unfortunately mysterious for the general public. One crucial field of the philosophical research is especially enigmatic: metaphysics. The general goal of the project "Aristotle and the Helvetians. Eleven Essays in Helvetian Metaphysics" is to lift the veil from the philosophers’ activity, more specifically, from the metaphysicians’ methods and results. The project is divided into two stages. During the first stage (first year), the project’s aim is to publish a book entitled "Aristote chez les Helve`tes, 11 essais de me´taphysique helve´tique". The second stage (second year) of the project is devoted to discuss the book’s content with the general public. A website -more particularly, a discussion forum- is designed A course of presentations/debates is organized.
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