Hungary, Budapest

Ontology and Metaontology

when 14 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 550

This will be a philosophy course on the topic of ontology and metaontology. Ontology is a branch of philosophy (in particular, of metaphysics) concerned with questions of existence. Important ontological questions include the following: Are there any such things as abstract objects (i.e., non-physical, non-mental, non-spatiotemporal objects)? Are there are any such things as past and future objects, or are all objects presently existing objects? Are there any such things as 4-dimensional objects, i.e., objects with temporal as well as spatial extension? Are there any such things as 3-dimensional coincident objects?; i.e., are there any pairs of 3-dimensional objects that are located in the exact same place and composed of the exact same parts (or made of the exact same physical stuff)? Are there any such things as composite objects, i.e., objects with proper parts? Are there any such things as merely possible objects, or are all objects actually existing objects? Are there any such things as Gods or non-physical souls?

There is a lot of cutting-edge research going on today in both ontology and metaontology, and our course will introduce students to these areas of philosophy and delve deeply into numerous questions and issues surrounding these areas. There will be six faculty members, and each faculty member will give two lectures on different topics. Thus, students will study and be exposed to a large number of different issues and questions in ontology and metaontology.

Course leader

Mark Balaguer, Department of Philosophy, California State University-Los Angeles, USA
Course Director(s):
Mark Balaguer
Department of Philosophy, California State University-Los Angeles, USA
Course Faculty:
Ferenc Huoranszki
Department of Philosop

Target group

Applications are invited from graduate students and junior faculty members in philosophy. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

Course aim

There is a lot of cutting-edge research going on today in both ontology and metaontology, and our course will introduce students to these areas of philosophy and delve deeply into numerous questions and issues surrounding these areas. There will be six faculty members, and each faculty member will give two lectures on different topics. Thus, students will study and be exposed to a large number of different issues and questions in ontology and metaontology.

Credits info

1.5 ECTS
Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 550: payable until May 28, 2016
EUR 500: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2017

Scholarships

A limited number of tuition waivers will be offered on a competitive basis.