Conference “Brute facts about emergence”
Professor John Symons, University of Kansas

Date: November 26, 2015, 18.00

Location: 204 Splaiul Independentei, Room Constantin Radulescu Motru

Organisers: Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy

Conference Abstract:
A brute fact is one that has no explanation. Accepting that there are brute facts involves denying, or restricting the applicability of, the principle of sufficient reason (PSR). Some philosophers have suggested that emergent properties are brute. This talk examines a variety of senses of emergence and explains the extent to which they involve violations of PSR. I argue that there must be some violations of PSR. Does this mean that there must be emergent properties? I’m inclined to say yes.

About Professor John Symons:
John Symons is Chair and Professor of the Philosophy Department at the University of Kansas. Symons received his PhD from Boston University. His research interests include metaphysics and epistemology of science, the philosophy of psychology, and epistemic logic. He is currently working on the effects of software on scientific inquiry.