Having posted the conference schedule and the abstracts of the concurrent sessions — here, here, and here — only the titles and abstracts of the plenary sessions remain. I will post them this week, beginning with the first plenary session:
Hylomorphism Reconditioned: Forms, Natures, and the Metaphysics of Powers
Michael Rea (Notre Dame)
Hylomorphism is the thesis that every material substance is a structured entity with two constituents, matter and form. Constituent ontology is on the rise, and hylomorphism in particular has strong intuitive appeal. But none of its contemporary defenders have successfully remedied what I take to be its central drawbacks: (i) commitment to the universal-particular distinction; (ii) commitment to a primitive or problematic inherence / constituency relation between properties and substances; and (iii) inability to identify viable candidates for matter and form in nature, or to characterize them in terms of primitives widely regarded to be intelligible. My goal in this paper is to develop a theory of natures that allows us to define matter, form, and constituency in a way that avoids all three of these drawbacks.