Category Archives: Publicize your work

“Conceptualizing Causal Powers: Activity, Capacity, Essence, Necessitation”

Link to recent talk!  Comments, thoughts welcome! Paris talk, 2019

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Note on neutral monism vs. pandispositionalism

Short excerpt from ch. 5 of the book that I am currently writing, A Critical Introduction to Causal Powers & Dispositions “By 2004, Mumford had revised his view of properties. In place of the idea that properties are such that … Continue reading

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“What Can We Learn From Marx That Aristotle Didn’t Already Say?”

Recent talk for the Centre for Aristotelian Studies and Critical Theory (Vilnius, Lithuania) [Their website: http://aristotelianstudies.mruni.eu/%5D Link below. It isn’t about powers, but it presupposes them!  I will categorize it under “Publicize your work.” Vilnius talk – May 2019, revised

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Talk at Northern Illinois University – April, 2019

Link to a talk of a written paper called “The Devil is in the Categories: Metaphysics in Social and Political Thought.”  This is a based on a revised version of the paper, which is not yet in print. Devil is … Continue reading

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On Social Ontology – Capitalism, Racism, Patriarchy

Here’s a link to a talk that I just gave on the metaphysics of capital/capitalism.   Also some discussion of white supremacy and patriarchy. the-fetishism-of-commodities-and-the-metaphysical-secret-thereof-2  

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“Powers, Essentialism & Agency …

… : A Reply to Alexander Bird.” Here, in talk form, is an overdue reply to my friend Alexander.  Presented by Skype to a conference on powers and essentialism organized by the philosophy department of American University in Beirut this … Continue reading

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Social Structures as Causes

This is a memo for an upcoming working conference on social ontology from a powers-based perspective.  We were charged with setting out something that vexes us, that we are trying to sort out.  All thoughts welcome!  Sorry about the formatting … Continue reading

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“Why Can’t I be Neutral About What Causation Is?”

Here’s the plenary talk (“On the Myth of Metaphysical Neutrality”) that I gave last week at the annual Critical Realism conference.  The talk was connected to Ontology Revisted: Metaphysics in Social and Political Philosohy (Routledge, 2012) having won the Cheryl … Continue reading

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Conference – “Traditions of Ideology-Critique” (July 23-25, 2015)

This powers-friendly conference brings together Aristotelians, Marxists and Thomists to talk about ideology and ideology-critique.  Keynote speakers are Christian Thorne (Williams College), Vanessa Wills (George Washington University) and Jeff Bishop (Saint Louis University).  Topics range from religion, to race, to … Continue reading

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Contemporary Humean Metaphysics & the Commodity Form

Hi all, Sorry for the hiatus.  I’ll try to think of some good ways to jump start conversation, but for now – though this might do it – here is an outline of a talk I’m set to give next … Continue reading

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