[SydPhil] Notification: Suki Finn (Southampton) @ Wed 16 Oct 2019 15:30 - 17:00 (AEDT) (Seminars)

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Title: Suki Finn (Southampton)
The Metaphysics of Pregnancy

One of the central questions in the metaphysics of pregnancy is this: Is  
the fetus a part of, or contained by, the gestator? In this paper I seek  
not to answer this question, but rather to highlight various alternative  
mereotopological options for the fetus-gestator relationship and to raise  
methodological concerns regarding how to adjudicate between these options.  
Should we be looking for evidence and data within the realm of metaphysics  
or the philosophy of biology? Should we be learning about pregnancy from  
our philosophical and scientific theories or should we update our theories  
based upon what we otherwise know about pregnancy? My positive suggestion  
will be to adopt a method of reflective equilibrium. The aim of this is to  
ensure that pregnancy be included in the tribunal of experience to which  
our theories are held up against such that our theories can accommodate  
what we say about pregnancy, whilst also ensuring that what we say about  
pregnancy be theoretically informed.

NB: Tea starts at 15:15...there will be tim tams....
When: Wed 16 Oct 2019 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Muniment Room
Calendar: Seminars
     * sequoiah at gmail.com- creator

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