Conference: Individuals Across Sciences, Paris

Individuals Across Sciences: A Revisionary Metaphysics?

International conference

Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris, France

18-20 May 2012

Organized by Thomas Pradeu & Alexandre Guay

With the support of Paris-Sorbonne University, the Institut universitaire de France & IHPST-Paris

The language of the conference is English.


Friday May 18, 2012

Location: Maison de la Recherche, Paris-Sorbonne University, 28 rue Serpente 75006 Paris

9:00-9:30 Welcome

9:30-10:30 Lowe, E. Jonathan (Durham University, UK): Non-Individuals

10:30-11:00 Selected paper #1: Krause, Decio & Arenhart, Jonas (CPMOH, Brazil): Characterizing individuals: the role of the formal

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 French, Steven (University of Leeds, UK): Eliminating objects across the sciences

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:30 Selected paper #2: Haber, Matt (University of Utah, USA): Re-articulating the individuality thesis

14:30-15:00 Selected paper #3: Ereshefsky, Marc & Pedroso, Markmiller (University of Calgary, Canada): Towards an account of individuality: the case of microbial consortia

15:00-16:00 Guay, Alexandre (University of Burgundy, France) & Pradeu, Thomas (Paris-Sorbonne University, France): Criteria of individuation in physics and in biology

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:30 Ladyman, James (University of Bristol, UK): Are there individuals in physics and if so what are they?

17:30-18:30 Godfrey-Smith, Peter (City University of New York, USA): Individuality across space and time

Saturday May 19, 2012

Location: Maison de la Recherche, Paris-Sorbonne University, 28 rue Serpente 75006 Paris

9:00-10:00 Morganti, Matteo (University of Roma 3, Italy): The metaphysics of individuality and the sciences

10:00-11:00 Saunders, Simon (University of Oxford, UK): The dynamical emergence of individuals in physics

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:00 Selected paper #4: Glick, David (University of Arizona, USA): Anti-Haecceitism and Structuralism in Quantum Mechanics

12:00-12:30 Selected paper #5: Pylkkanen, Paavo (University of Helsinki, Finland), Pattiniemi, Ilkka (University of Helsinki, Finland), Hiley, Basil (University of London, UK): Bohm’s approach and individuality

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:30 Selected paper #6: Folse, Henry (University of California, USA): A continuum of individuality in modular organisms

14:30-15:30 Clarke, Ellen (University of Oxford, UK): Individuals and adaptations

15:30-16:30 Okasha, Samir (University of Bristol, UK): Individuality, self-interest and agency in evolutionary biology

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-18:30 Roundtable: Is there a unified definition of the “individual”, and is one needed?

Sunday May 20, 2012

Location: IHPST, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, 13 rue du Four, 75006 Paris

9:00-9:30 Selected paper #7: Chen, Ruey-Lin (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan): Ontological realization of individuality in experimental sciences

9:30-10:00 Selected paper #8: Paternotte, Cédric (University of Bristol, UK): Parallels between joint action and biological individuality

10:00-10:30 Selected paper #9: Crawford, David (Duke University, USA): Beyond the Darwinian individual: an evo-devo perspective on the regulation of individuality

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Selected paper #10: Fagan, Melinda (Rice University, USA): Cell and body: individuals in stem cell biology

11:30-12:00 Selected paper #11: Conroy, Christina (Morehead State University, USA): “Survival” in Everettian quantum mechanics

12:00-12:30 Selected paper #12: Ventura, Rafael (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany): Bacteria as social individuals

12:30 End of the conference


– Thomas Pradeu (Associate Professor, Paris-Sorbonne University):

– Alexandre Guay (Associate Professor, University of Burgundy):


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