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Res Philosophica Speaker Series Featuring John Heil

Friday, 23 September, 2022

The Department of Philosophy at Saint Louis University Presents the Res Philosophica Speaker John Heil on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at 3 p.m. in Xavier Hall, Room 332. Reception to follow in Adorjan Hall, 1st Floor Common Area. The event is free and open to the public.

John Heil is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University and Durham University, and an Honorary Research Associate at Monash University. He is editor of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. Heil's interests centre on metaphysics with a focus on truthmakers for contested metaphysical theses, an approach put to work in two new books, Appearance in Reality (Oxford: Clarendon Press 2021) and What is Metaphysics? (Polity Press 2021).



"The Last Word on Emergence"

The metaphysical doctrine of emergence continues to exert a powerful pull on philosophers and metaphysically inclined scientists. This paper focuses on a recent account of emergence advanced by Jessica Wilson in Metaphysical Emergence, but the discussion has the broader aim of making explicit some of the underlying themes that inspire thoughts of emergence generally. These prove to be, not merely optional, but largely lacking in merit.