Conference and Seminar Presentations

 

This is a long list, and I expect most visitors to my site don't really care how many papers I've presented or where. Nor do most readers of my CV. So I've put them on a separate page. Some of the papers listed here that aren't also listed under publications (or didn't end up as chapters of my first book) are still being polished, or shopped around. Papers presented are first, followed by commentaries.

At the moment I have listed 154 presentations of papers and 10 commentaries. The number of distinct papers presented (not including commentaries) stands at 61. Sometimes there have been tricky questions about paper-identity-across-time to be resolved - papers with different names and different contents have sometimes been counted as the same paper. I've been parsimonious, and counted papers as the same when there were borderline cases of paper-identity. This list excludes papers given as job talks, as I believe is the custom.

2013  "Metaphysics Outside Grounding"
CRNAP Workshop on Metaphysical Structure I: Contemporary Work, Princeton University, April 2013 (Princeton, USA)

2013  "Hyperintensional Metaphysics"
American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, March 2013 (San Francisco, USA)

2013  "Noncausal Dispositions"
University of Michigan, March 2013 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

2013  "Utility Monsters for the Fission Age" (cowritten with R. Briggs)
University of Kentucky, March 2013 (Lexington USA).

2012  "Indeterminacy and Essence"
Indeterminacy Workshop, University of Leeds, June 2012 (Leeds, UK), Metaphysics of Time Workshop, Monash University, November 2012 (Melbourne, Australia), Philsoc, ANU, January 2013 (Canberra, Australia), National Autonomous University of Mexico, March 2013 (Mexico City, Mexico), DEX, University of California at Davis, March 2013 (Davis, USA).

2012  "Say It, But Don't Mean It"
National University of Singapore, June 2012 (Singapore), LOGOS Seminar, University of Barcelona, June 2012 (Barcelona, Spain), Australasian Association of Philosophy Meeting, July 2012 (Wollongong, Australia).

2012  "Against Paraphrase Approaches to Moral Ontology"
American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, April 2012 (Seattle, USA)

2012  "Temporary Marriage"
Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory Seminar, ANU, March 2012 (Canberra, Australia)

2011/2012  "It's a Kind of Magic: Lewis, Magic and Properties"
OTPW@25 Conference, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, April 2011 (Amherst USA), David Kellogg Lewis Society Meeting, April 2012 (Seattle, USA).

2011  “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Abstract Metaphysics”
University of Monash, March 2011 (Melbourne, Australia), Inland Northwestern Philosophy Conference, April 2011 (Boise USA), Workshop on Properties and Relations, Melbourne University, August 2011 (Melbourne, Australia), World and Form: A Workshop in Metaphysics, ANU, August 2011 (Canberra, Australia).

2010  “Epistemological Advantages and Disadvantages for Fictionalism”
Surrogate Reasoning Workshop, Australian National University, August 2010 (Canberra Australia)

2010  “Fundamentality Relations Between Categories”
Fundamentality Conference, Australian National University, June 2010 (Canberra Australia)

2010/2011  “She's Really Happening”
American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, March 2010 (San Francisco, USA), Serious Metaphysics Group, University of Cambridge, April 2010 (Cambridge, UK), University of Queensland, September 2010 (Brisbane, Australia), Keynote Address, Australian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference, April 2011 (Melbourne, Australia).

2009/2010 “Disposition Impossible” (with C.S. Jenkins)
University of Queensland, July 2009 (Brisbane, Australia), eidos seminar, University of Geneva, October 2009 (Geneva, Switzerland), Australian National University, September 2010 (Canberra, Australia).

2009 “Varieties of Possible Worlds Theories”
Metaphysics and Modality Workshop, University of Regensburg, June 2009 (Regensburg, Germany)

2009 “Defining Metaphysical Indeterminacy”
Metaphysical Indeterminacy: The State of the Art Workshop, University of Leeds, May 2009 (Leeds, UK); Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, July 2009 (Melbourne, Australia).

2008 “Maximising, Satisficing and Context” (with C.S. Jenkins)
Calvin College, September 2008 (Grand Rapids, USA)

2008/2009/2010/2013 “The A Posteriori Armchair”
Metaphysics and its Methods Workshop, European Conference for Analytic Philosophy, August 2008 (Krakow, Poland), University of Syracuse, December 2008 (Syracuse, USA), Workshop on Concepts and Intuitions, University of Turku, December 2008 (Turku, Finland), Arché Methodology Conference, April 2009 (St Andrews, UK), Philosophical Society, University of Oxford, November 2009 (Oxford, UK), Australasian Association of Philosophy Meeting, July 2010 (Sydney, Australia), Spring Colloquium, University of Michigan, March 2013 (Ann Arbor, USA).

2008 "Advantages and Disadvantages of Fictionalism"
Fictionalism Graduate Seminar and Speaker Series, University of Oxford, February 2008 (Oxford, UK)

2007/2008 “Finite Quantities”
Centre for Metaphysics and Mind seminar, University of Leeds, September 2007 (Leeds, UK), The Metaphysics of Vectors Workshop, University of Geneva, October 2007 (Geneva, Switzerland), Aristotelian Society, October 2007 (London, UK), Metaphysics and Mind Workshop, Queens University Belfast, November 2007 (Belfast, UK), Arizona Ontology Conference, January 2008 (Tucson, USA)

2007 "Contemporary Metaphysicians and Their Traditions"
Centre for Metaphysics and Mind seminar, University of Leeds, August 2007 (Leeds, UK)

2007 "Backwards Explanation" (with C. S. Jenkins)
Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, July 2007 (Armidale, Australia), Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, August 2007 (Bellingham, USA).

2007 “The Gaps in Gibbard”
Norms and Analysis Conference, The University of Sydney, June 2007 (Sydney, Australia).

2007/2009 “Why Historians (And Everyone Else) Should Care About Counterfactuals”
University of Auckland, June 2007 (Auckland, New Zealand), Institut für Philosophie, University of Regensburg, June 2009 (Regensburg, Germany).

2007 “The Liar Paradox and Features of the Object Language” (with C.S. Jenkins)
University of Melbourne, May 2007 (Melbourne, Australia)

2007/2009 “How to Not Mean What You Say: Theories of Fictional Assertion”
Monash University, May 2007 (Melbourne, Australia), University of Geneva, October 2009 (Geneva, Switzerland).

2007 “Fearing Spouses in Aristotle’s Economics”
Philosophy Department Seminar, Australian National University, March 2007 (Canberra, Australia).

2007 “The Theoretical Virtue of Conservatism”
Philsoc, Australian National University, March 2007 (Canberra, Australia), Macquarie University, April 2007(Sydney, Australia).

2006 “A Debate on Flirting” (with Caroline Jenkins)
Social and Political Theory Seminar, Australian National University, December 2006 (Canberra, Australia)

2006/2007 “Consequentialism and Side Constraints”
University of Queensland, September 2006 (Brisbane, Australia), Victoria University of Wellington, June 2007 (Wellington, New Zealand).

2006/2008 "Disagreeable Essences"
Workshop on Essentialism, University of Otago, September 2006 (Dunedin, New Zealand), eidos Metaphysics Conference, University of Geneva, July 2008 (Geneva, Switzerland).

2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011 “The Extent of Metaphysical Necessity”
Workshop on Modality, University of Geneva, April 2006 (Geneva, Switzerland), Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, July 2006 (Canberra, Australia), Otago University, May 2007 (Dunedin, New Zealand), University of Buenos Aires, October 2008 (Buenos Aires, Argentina), University of Syracuse, December 2008 (Syracuse, USA), Metaphysics and Modality Workshop, University of Regensburg, June 2009 (Regensburg, Germany), University of Sheffield, February 2010 (Sheffield, UK), University of Sydney, October 2010 (Sydney, Australia), University of Melbourne, March 2011 (Melbourne, Australia).

2006/2007/2008/2011 "Conditionals and Curry"
What "If" Conference, University of Connecticut at Storrs, April 2006 (Storrs, USA), Australian National University, October 2006 (Canberra, Australia), University of Melbourne, May 2007 (Melbourne, Australia), University of Michigan, November 2008 (Ann Arbor, USA), Conditionals Workshop, ANU, June 2011 (Canberra, Australia).

2005 “What Would Teleological Causation Be?” (with John Hawthorne)
Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference, Western Washington University, August 2005 (Bellingham, USA).

2005/2006/2008/2012  “The Dangers of Pragmatic Virtue”
Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, July 2005 (Sydney, Australia); University of Aberdeen, October 2005 (Aberdeen, UK); University of Sheffield, October 2005 (Sheffield, UK), Philosophical Society, Oxford University, March 2006 (Oxford, UK), University of Stirling, March 2006 (Stirling, UK),University of Nottingham, April 2006 (Nottingham, UK), SADAF (Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Filosófico), October 2008 (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Wayne State University, December 2008 (Detroit, USA), Epistemology Meets Philosophy of Mind Workshop, ANU, January 2012 (Kioloa, Australia).

2005 “Possibilities of Representation and the Kaplan Cardinality Paradox”
Keynote speaker, Arché Graduate Conference, University of St Andrews, February 2005 (St Andrews, UK).

2004/2005 “Selfless Desires”
Western Washington University, September 2004 (Bellingham, USA); University of Michigan, October 2004 (Michigan, USA); Moral Sciences Club, University of Cambridge, November 2004 (Cambridge, UK); University of Keele, November 2004 (Keele, UK); University of Queensland June 2005 (Brisbane, Australia).

2003/2004 “Vagueness, Multiplicity and Parts”
Australian National University, September 2003 (Canberra, Australia); University of Queensland October 2003 (Brisbane, Australia); University of St Andrews, February 2004 (St Andrews, UK); University of Bristol, May 2004 (Bristol, UK); University of Connecticut, August 2004 (Storrs, USA) Western Washington University, September 2004 (Bellingham, USA).

2003/2004 “Balls and All”
Workshop in Metaphysics, Australian National University, September 2003 (Canberra, Australia); Parts Workshop, University of St Andrews March 2004 (St Andrews, UK).

2003 “Hunting for Circles in a Realist World”
Causal Republicanism Conference, July 2003 (Sydney, Australia).

2003/2004/2005/2006 “Platitudes and Metaphysics”
Metaphysics in Science Workshop, June 2003 (Athens, Greece); Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, July 2003 (Adelaide, Australia), University of Glasgow, December 2004 (Glasgow UK), University of Leeds, April 2005 (Leeds UK), Methodology in Metaphysics Conference, University of Nottingham, January 2006 (Nottingham UK).

2003/2008/2009/2010/2011 “There’s No Justice: Benthamite Moral Fictionalism (and Some of its Rivals)”/ “There's No Justice: Ontological Moral Fictionalism”
Moral Fictionalism Conference, University of London, March 2003 (London, UK), EDGe seminar, University of Michigan, December 2008 (Ann Arbor, USA), Fictionalism Conference, University of Manchester, September 2009 (Manchester, UK), Macquarie University, October 2010 (Sydney, Australia), Philsoc, ANU June 2011 (Canberra, Australia), Plenary Session of the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, July 2011 (Dunedin, New Zealand).

2002/2003 “Classes, Worlds and Large Possibilities”/ “Classes, Worlds and Hypergunk”
The Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society Conference, July 2002 (Glasgow, UK); Keynote address at the Syracuse University Graduate Student Conference, March 2003 (Syracuse, USA).

2001/2002 “Stoic Gunk”
Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, July 2001 (Hobart, Australia); Creighton Club Conference at Cornell University in October 2001 (Ithaca, USA); University of St Andrews July 2002 (St Andrews, UK).

2000 “Defending a Possible Worlds Account of Indicative Conditionals”
Australian National University, October 2000 (Canberra, Australia); University of Sydney, October 2000 (Sydney, Australia).

2000/2001/2013 “Why is it bad to be ad hoc?”
Philosophy Society seminar series at the Australian National University, August 2000 (Canberra, Australia); University of New South Wales, November 2000 (Sydney, Australia); University of Queensland, April 2001 (Brisbane, Australia), Metaphysical Virtues Conference, University of Western Michigan, March 2013 (Kalamazoo, USA).

1999/2000/2001/2002/2003 “Fictionalist Attitudes About Fictional Matters”
University of Leeds, December 1999 (Leeds, UK); the Australasian Association of Philosophy conference, July 2000 (Brisbane, Australia); the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 2001; Keele University, July 2002 (Keele, UK), University of Rochester, September 2002 (Rochester, USA); Union College, March 2003 (Schenectady, USA).

1999/2000/2002 “Moral Fictionalism” (co-written with Greg Restall and Caroline West)
Australasian Association of Philosophy conference, July 1999 (Melbourne, Australia); the University of Queensland, September 1999 (Brisbane, Australia); as a seminar at Princeton University, January 2000 (Princeton, USA), University of Leeds, July 2002 (Leeds, UK).

1998/1999 “Why We Need Goodwill: Against Conceptual Internalism in Meta-Ethics”
Monash University, October 1998 (Melbourne, Australia); Keele University, December 1999 (Keele, UK).

1998 “Is Fertility Virtuous in its Own Right?”
University of Queensland staff seminar series, August 1998 (Brisbane, Australia).

1998 “Truthmakers and Predication”
Australasian Association of Philosophy conference in July (Sydney, Australia).

1998 “An Uneasy Marriage”
A Joint session of the Australasian Association of Logic conference and the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference in July (Sydney, Australia).

1997 "A New Realist Meta-Ethic"
Philosophy Society at the Australian National University, September (Canberra, Australia).

1997 "What's Wrong with Infinite Regress Arguments?"
Macquarie University Philosophy Research Seminar in June (Sydney, Australia); and at the Australasian Association of Philosophy conference in July (Auckland, New Zealand).

1996 “A Debate on Hypergunk” with Allen Hazen
A joint session of the Australasian Association of Logic conference and the Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference in July (Brisbane, Australia).

1996 “Quantitative Parsimony"
Philosophy Society at the Australian National University in February (Canberra, Australia); the University of Queensland Staff/Student Seminar in March (Brisbane, Australia); and the AAHPSSS conference in June (Melbourne, Australia).

1995/1996 “Representing Aliens”
The first version of this paper was presented with the title "Referring to Aliens" in the University of Queensland postgraduate Seminar Series in August 1995 (Brisbane, Australia). "Representing Aliens", was presented in the Philosophy Program Seminar at the Australian National University in August 1996 (Canberra, Australia).

1995 “Recombination Unbound”
Australasian Association of Philosophy conference in July (Armidale, Australia); the Philosophy Program Seminar at the A.N.U. in September (Canberra, Australia).

1995 “Expressive Completeness Without Possible Worlds: The Hazen Cases”
A joint session of the Australasian Association for Logic conference and the Australasian Association of Philosophy conference in July (Armidale, Australia).

1994 “Three Problems for Modal Fictionalism”
Australasian Association of Philosophy conference in July (Canberra, Australia) and its successor, “Three Problems for Strong Modal Fictionalism”, at the University of Queensland Staff/Student seminar in December (Brisbane, Australia).

1994 “An Updated Platonic Regress”
University of Queensland Staff/Student Seminar in April (Brisbane, Australia); Philosophy Society at the Australian National University in May (Brisbane, Australia).

Commentaries

2010  Comments on John Bigelow "Growing Trunk or Shedding Branches?"
Metaphysics of Time Workshop: The Future of the Growing Block, University of Sydney in July (Sydney Australia).

2009  Comments on Benjamin Schneider "A Logic of 'Because'"
Colorado Conference on Dependence in March (Ward USA).

2008 Comments on George Bealer “Metaphysics and Ontology” and Cian Dor “Definition and Modality”
Metaphysical Mayhem at Rutgers in July (New Brunswick, USA).

2007 Comments on Richard Ned Lebow "'What Ifs' in Theory and Practice"
Public and Private Reasoning Theme Special Seminar, RSSS, ANU in March (Canberra, Australia)

2006 Comments on John Divers "Modal Commitments"
The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Modality Conference in March (St Andrews UK)

2004 Comments on Gabriel Uzquiano "The Price of Universality"
Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference in August (Bellingham, USA).

2004 Comments on Allan Hazlett "Against Fictionalism"
Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association Meeting in March (Pasadena, USA).

2001 Comments on Robert Stalnaker “Metaphysical and Conceptual Necessity”
Metaphysical Mayhem VI at Syracuse University in August (Syracuse, USA).

1998 Comments on Paul Horwich “Deflationism about Reference”
Wittgenstein, Semantics and the Deflationary Turn at the University of Sydney in August (Sydney, Australia).

1997 "Ad Hocness: A Reply to Bamford"
A philosophy of science symposium at the University of Sydney entitled "What is This Thing Called Science: Twenty Years On" in June (Sydney, Australia).

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