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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Philosophy | Philosophy, Science and the Sciences | Events | Guest lecture: Something(s) in the Way He Moves: Reconsidering the Embryological Argument for Robustly Particular Forms in Aristotle (Greg Salmieri, Rutgers)

Guest lecture: Something(s) in the Way He Moves: Reconsidering the Embryological Argument for Robustly Particular Forms in Aristotle (Greg Salmieri, Rutgers)

When Apr 09, 2015 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Where Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, room 3053
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Abstract: “In this paper I reconsider the argument (promoted by Balme, Cooper, and others) that Aristotle’s embryology requires that each father possesses and transmits to his children a form that includes his distinctive attributes, rather than merely a generic human form. I defend the argument from criticisms by Geoffrey Lloyd and Gelber, but argue that behind these criticisms lies a deeper issue about how forms are to be individuated. I suggest that how forms are to be individuated is context-dependent, so that what qualifies as a single form distinctive in the context of a discussion of the father’s role in generation should in other contexts be regarded as a generic human form conjoined with distinguishing accidents.”

About the author: Greg Salmieri works at Rutgers University, and his research focuses on Aristotle’s epistemology, philosophy of science, biology and ethics. He wrote his doctoral dissertation, Aristotle and the Problem of Concepts, at the University of Pittsburgh under the supervision of James Lennox, James Allen and Allan Gotthelf.

Format: The paper will be circulated a week or so before the talk. The session on 9 April will run from 14.00 (s.t.)-16.00. Greg will provide a synopsis of his paper, followed by discussion. Afterwards, we will go for a coffee.

Contact: Please email sean.coughlin@hu-berlin.de if you plan on attending and for more information.