Philosophical Presentations

 

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • "Towards a Process Ontology of Actions and Agents”, Conference "Free Will and Causality", organised by Maria Sekatskaya, Alexander Gebharter and Gerhard Schurz, University of Düsseldorf, Germany, 26th September  2019 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • “Bio-Agency and Process Ontology”, talk in the organised session "Is Organismic Agency a Mere Heuristic?", 18th Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA), University of Geneva, Switzerland, 11th-14th September 2019 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "One or Two? A Process Perspective on Pregnant Individuals", talk in the organised session "Philosophy in Biology and Medicine: Biological Individuality and Fetal Parthood", Conference of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)/Norway, 12th July 2019.
     

  • "One or Two? A Process Perspective on Pregnant Individuals", Conference of the German Society of the Philosophy of Science (GWP), Düsseldorf/Germany, 25th-27th February 2019 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Are Actions Processes?", 10th International Conference of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP.10) "Plurality in Philosophy and Beyond", University of Cologne/Germany, 20th September 2018 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • “Do Human Embryos Have a Disposition to Personhood?”, 92nd Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of Oxford/UK, 7th July 2018 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Processual Animalism", 24th German Congress for Philosophy "Norm und Natur", Humboldt University of Berlin/Germany, 26th September 2017 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Biological Autonomy, Autopoiesis and the Process View of Life", 17th Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA), Exeter/UK, 9th September 2017 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Processual Animalism", The Ninth European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP 9), Ludwig Maximilian University Munich/Germany, 22nd August 2017 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "On the Metaphysics of Living Boundaries", talk in the organised session "Organisms, Membranes and Boundaries: A Process Perspective", Conference of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), University of São Paulo/Brazil, 19th July 2017.
     

  • "Processual Animalism: Towards a Scientifically Informed Account of Biological Identity Through Time", Conference of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), University of São Paulo/Brazil, 18th July 2017.
     

  • "Are Actions Processes?", 91st Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of Edinburgh/UK, 15th July 2017 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Persons as Biological Processes: A Bio-Processual Way-Out of the Personal Identity Dilemma", Analytic-Bridge-Continental + (ABC+) Process Philosophy Workshop, University of Liverpool, 29th October 2016.
     

  • "Systems-bio-agency and the Possibility of Artificial Agents", 2016 meeting of Philosophy of Biology in the UK (PBUK), Bristol/UK, 9th June 2016 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "The Philosophical Concept of Agency between Systems Biology and Artificial Intelligence", Conference of the German Society of the Philosophy of Science (GWP), Düsseldorf/Germany, 9th March 2016 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Metabolic Identity: Approaches to the Particularity of Life from a Processual Perspective", talk in the organised session "Life as Process", Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA), Düsseldorf/Germany, 24th September 2015 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Metabolic Identity: A Process Perspective on Life", talk in the organised session "Process and Metabolism", Conference of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB), Université de Québec à Montreal/Canada, 8th July 2015.
     

  • “Indeterministic Compatibilism: A Third Way between Compatibilism and Incompatibilism?”, 10th Congress of the Austrian Society for Philosophy "Being Human – Foundation, Imperative or Platitude?", Innsbruck/Austria, 5th June 2015 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • “Indeterministic Compatibilism: A Third Way between Compatibilism and Incompatibilism?”, Conference "Real Possibilities, Indeterminism and Free Will", organised by Thomas Müller, University of Constance/Germany, 10th March 2015 (double-blind reviewed).
     

  • "Personale Identität ohne Persönlichkeit? Anmerkungen zu einer Tendenz der aktuellen Diskussion" ("Personal Identity without Personality? Some Comments on a Current Tendency"), 23th German Congress for Philosophy, University of Münster/Germany "Geschichte – Gesellschaft – Geltung", 2nd October 2014 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Bio-powers and Free Will", Conference "The Metaphysics of Free Will. Empowerment, Agency and Freedom", organised by Rani Lill Anjum & Stephen Mumford, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo/ Norway, 17th April 2013.
     

  • "Can there be Strict Biological Identity Through Time without Aristotelian Substances? A Short Examination of Eric T. Olson’s Animalism", What may we believe? What ought we to do?, 8th International Conference of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP), Constance/Germany, 20th September 2012 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Hervorbringende Organe, bildende Kraft? Heideggers Gegenentwurf zu Kants Theorie des Organismus" ("Productive Organs, Formative Power? Heidegger’s Counter-Proposal to Kant’s Theory of the Organism"), 10th Annual Meeting of the Research Network ‘Transzendentalphilosophie – Deutscher Idealismus’ "Zweckmäßigkeit. Teleologie nach Kant (Purposiveness. Teleology After Kant)", Technical University Berlin/Germany, 25th February 2012.
     

  • "Zwischen Selbigkeit und Veränderung: Personen und ihre transtemporale Identität" (“Between Sameness and Change: Persons and their Transtemporal Identity”), 22th German Congress for Philosophy "Welt der Gründe (Space of Reasons)", Ludwig Maximilian University Munich/Germany, 12th September 2011 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Substanz, Relation oder beides: Augustinus und Heidegger zur Frage ‘Was sind Personen?’" ("Substance, Relation or Both: Augustine and Heidegger on the Question ‘What are Persons?’"), 9th Congress of the Austrian Society for Philosophy "Crossing Borders. Grenzen (über)denken", University Vienna/Austria, 3rd June 2011 (blind-reviewed).
     

  • "Personale Identität und die Möglichkeit ‘guter Metaphysik’: Ein Dialog zwischen Hume und Kant" ("Personal Identity and the Possibility of ‘Good Metaphysics’: A Dialogue Between Hume and Kant"), Workshop at the International Conference "Gestalten des Geistes. Kierkegaard im Kontext des deutschen Idealismus", organised by the Nordic Network for German Idealism, the Department of Philosophy of the University Aarhus/Denmark and the Chair of Philosophy II of the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich/Germany, Carl-Friedrich von Siemens Foundation Munich, 28th May 2010.

 

Invited Conference Presentations

  • Commentary Talk at the concluding conference of the research projects "Humane artifizielle Gameten. Erzeugung und genetische Veränderung von aus humanen pluripotenten Stammzellen differenzierten Gameten und ihre ethische und rechtliche Bewertung" (HumArGam) and "Ethische und rechtliche Konzepte für die Anwendung neuer Techniken einer präzisen Genomeditierung bei hereditären Erkrankungen“ (REALiGN-HD), both funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 30th October 2019.
     

  • Commentary Talk in the symposium "How to understand human agency? Bridging the gap between neuronal circuits and human behaviour" at the 16th Meeting of the Austrian Neuroscience Association (ANA), Innsbruck/Austria, 27th September 2019. 
     

  • "Lessons from Bergson for (Analytic) Process Metaphysics", Conference "Reassessing Bergson", University of Cambridge/UK, 11th-12th September 2019.
     

  • "Agency and Time: A Process Account", Conference "Agency, Past and Future", S.P.O.T. (Society for Philosophy of Time), Hamburg/Germany, 18th-20th July 2019.
     

  • "Processes as Continuants", Conference "Processes and Events", organised by Anthony Fisher & Carlo Rossi, Manchester/UK, 14th May 2019.
     

  • "Processual Animalism: A Biological Account of Subjectivity", Conference "The Unity of a Person: Ontology – Subjectivity – Normativity", Final Conference of the Ontologies of Personal Identity (Pontology) network, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich/Germany, 25th-27th April 2019.
     

  • "Taking Process Seriously. Lessons for (Powerful) Persistence", Satellite Workshop at the GAP.10 Conference "Change and Change-Makers: New Perspectives on the Problem of Persistence", S.P.O.T. (Society for Philosophy of Time), Cologne/Germany, 21st September 2018.

  • “On the (Process) Metaphysics of Living Boundaries”, Conference "Process, Life, Reality. Investigating Dynamic Modes of Being", University of Dundee/UK, 28th August 2018.
     

  • “One or Two? A Process Perspective on Pregnant Individuals”, Talk in the symposium "Pregnancy, Metaphysics and Biological Individuality" at the Annual Conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS), University of Oxford/UK, 6th July 2018.
     

  • “On the Metaphysics of Living Boundaries”, Expert Workshop on occasion of the 2015 Lakatos Award to Thomas Pradeu for his monograph The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity (Oxford University Press 2015), London School of Economics, London/UK, 10th November 2017.
     

  • “Bio-Processual Libertarianism”, Conference of the Ontologies of Personal Identity (Pontology) network, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich/Germany, 19th October 2017 (key-note talk).
     

  • “Animalism and the Problem of Vagueness”, Conference "Die Vagheit des Embryos – Unbestimmtheitsphänomene bei biowissenschaftlichen Entitäten (The Vagueness of the Embryo - Phenomena of Indeterminacy in Bioscience)", funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Technical University of Dresden/Germany, 12th September 2017.
     

  • “Haben menschliche Embryonen eine Disposition zur Personalität?“ (“Do Human Embryos Have a Disposition for Personhood?”), Conference "Der manipulierbare Embryo. Das Potentialitäts- und Speziesargument auf dem Prüfstand (The Manipulable Embryo. The Arguments from Potentiality and Species Reconsidered)", funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Catholic University of Eichstätt/Germany, 5th November 2016.
     

  • “The Disappearance of Change. A Process Ontological Solution of the Persistence Dilemma”, International Workshop"Time and Change", S.P.O.T. (Society for Philosophy of Time), University of Bonn/Germany, 29th July 2016 (key-note talk).
     

  • “One or Many? On the Composition of Organisms”, Workshop "Symbiotic Processes", organised by Stephan Güttinger & John Dupré, EGENIS, The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, University of Exeter/UK, 20th November 2015.
     

  • “Is there a Unified Concept of Agency for Natural and Artificial Agents?”, Internal Physics and Philosophy Workshop of the Research Project Agency and (Quantum) Mechanics, organised by Hans-Jürgen Briegel and Thomas Müller, Reichenau at Lake Constance/ Germany, 22nd September 2015.
     

  • “Persons as Biological Processes. Towards a Bio-Processual Way-Out of the Dilemma of Personal Identity”, Workshop Process Philosophy of Biology, organised by Daniel Nicholson & John Dupré, EGENIS, The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, University of Exeter/UK, 20th November 2014.
     

  • “Powerful Agency & Biology”, Internal Physics and Philosophy Workshop of the Research Project Agency and (Quantum) Mechanics, organised by Hans-Jürgen Briegel and Thomas Müller, Maria Waldrast/Austria, 19th September 2014.
     

  • “Transtemporale personale Identität als praktische Wirklichkeit: Plädoyer für eine metaphysische Perspektive”, Conference "Personale Identität aus narrativer und metaphysischer Perspektive", organised by Georg Gasser & Martina Schmidhuber, University Salzburg/Austria, 24th August 2011.

 

Talks at Conferences (Co-) Organised by Myself

  • Talk at the Conference Bergson’s Philosophy of Time and Change, co-organised with Florian Fischer, Bonn/Germany, March 2020.
     

  • “Metaphysical Lessons from Process Biology: Rethinking Persistence and Agency”, Process Biology, 3-day interdisciplinary conference of the research project A Process Ontology for Contemporary Biology; co-organised with J. Dupré, S. Güttinger, D. Nicholson, The Royal Society of Great Britain, London/UK, 21st March 2018.
     

  • “Why We Need A Process Account of Biological Identity”, Process Epistemology, workshop with William Bechtel, co-organised with S. Leonelli, S. Güttinger, D. Nicholson & N. Tempini, EGENIS – The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, University of Exeter/UK, 25th May 2017.
     

  • “Biological Autonomy, Autopoiesis and the Process View of Life”, Organisms: Living Systems and Processes, Conference of the ERC research project A Process Ontology for Contemporary Biology, co-organised with John Dupré, EGENIS, The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, University of Exeter/UK, 9th March 2017.
     

  • “Biological Identity and Personal Identity”, Biological Identity, International Conference at the Institute of Philosophy, co-organised with John Dupré, London/UK, 2nd June 2016.
     

  • “Resolving the Dilemma of Free Will? Dupré’s Third Way between Compatibilism and Incompatibilism”, Determinism/Indeterminism in Nature. Agency – Genetics – Quantum Mechanics, Interdisciplinary Workshop with John Dupré, Innsbruck/Austria, 13th March 2014.
     

  • “Dynamism and the Power to Persist”, The Ontological Commitments of Dispositionalism, Conference of the Austrian Science Fund-Research Project Powers and the Identity of Agents, co-organised with Daniel Wehinger, Innsbruck/Austria, 1st August 2013.
     

  • “Bio-agency: Können Organismen handeln?” (“Bio-agency: Can Organisms Act?”), Vermögen und Handlung. Der dispositionale Realismus und unser Selbstverständnis als Handelnde, Conference of the Austrian Science Fund-Research Project Powers and the Identity of Agents, co-organised with Daniel Wehinger, Innsbruck/Austria, 27th September 2012.

 

Invited Public Lectures

  • “One or Two? A Process Perspective on Pregnant Individuals”, University of Durham/UK, invited by Professor Stephen Mumford, 1st November 2018.
     

  • “Persistence and Process”, Colloquium of the ‘Metaphysics of Entanglement’ group, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford/UK, invited by Professor Anna Marmodoro, 18th May 2017.
     

  • “Bio-Agency and Natural Freedom”, guest lecture, University of Leeds/UK, invited by Professor Helen Steward, 10th May 2017.
     

  • “The Disappearance of Change. How Process Ontology Solves the Persistence Dilemma”, guest lecture in the Philosophy Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, invited by Dr James Miller on behalf of the Philosophy Department, 6th February 2017.
     

  • “Human Persons – A Process View”, public lecture at EGENIS, The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, University of Exeter/UK, 13th June 2016.
     

  • “Human Persons – A Process View”, guest lecture at the Department of Christian Philosophy, Leopold Franzen University Innsbruck/Austria, invited by Professor Bruno Niederbacher, 20th April 2016.
     

  • “Human Persons – A Process View”, public lecture in the lecture series “What are Persons and how do they exist?” at the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Religious Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich/ Germany, invited by Professor Thomas Buchheim, 18th April 2015.
     

  • “Processes and Powerful Persistence”, public lecture at EGENIS, The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, University of Exeter/UK, 20th May 2015.
     

  • “Bio-agency: Können Organismen handeln?” (“Bio-agency: Can Organisms Act?”), guest lecture at the Interdisciplinary Colloquium of the University Flensburg/Germany, invited by Professor Anne Reichold, 29th January 2013.
     

  • “Hurricanes and Lives. Some Remarks on Animalism’s Trust in Strict Identity through Time”, Department of Philosophy of the University of Sheffield/UK, invited by Professor Eric Olson, 19th October 2012.
     

  • “Widerstreit der Intuitionen: Die metaphysischen Leitdifferenzen der aktuellen Diskussion um Personen und ihre transtemporale Identität” (“Clash of Intuitions: The Metaphysical Key Differences of the Current Debate on Persons and their Transtemporal Identity”), guest lecture at the Department of Christian Philosophy, Leopold Franzen University Innsbruck/Austria, invited by Professor Josef Quitterer, 17th November 2010.

 

Engagement with the Wider Public

  • Poetry reading “mikrologie des seins” (“micrology of being”) and talk “Metaphysik, Wissenschaft und Fiktion” (“Metaphysics, Science and Fiction”) as part of the event “EAM Science meets Fiction – Die Wissenschaft hinter den Bildern II” (“…The Science Behind the Images”), organised by the Excellence Cluster Engineering of Advanced Materials [EAM], 28th September 2017, Erlangen/Germany