The Concept of Life: A Philosophical Workshop

29-11-2019 from 9:45 to 18:00
Blandijn 090.038 (Blandijnberg 2 Ghent)
Plateau-Rozier Auditorium H (Plateaustraat 22 Ghent)

Organized by Gertrudis Van de Vijver and Charles Wolfe


The morning sessions take place in Room 090.038, Blandijn (Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent). In the afternoon, the workshop continues in Auditorium H, Plateau-Rozier (Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Ghent).


— Room 090.038, Blandijn —

09:45 Bohang Chen, 'Darwinism and Chinese Communism: A comparative history'

10:20 Marij van Strien, 'Moritz Schlick on causality and the knowability of organic processes'

11:05 Coffee break

11:20 Leonardo Bich & Derek Skillings, 'Biological individuality: A physiological account'

12:00 Boris Demarest, 'On the Role of the Concept of Life in Biology: A Response to Recent Criticisms of the Project of Life-Definitionism'


12:40–14:00 Lunch


— Auditorium H, Plateau-Rozier —

14:00 Massimiliano Simons, 'Tell me what you think of aliens and I will tell you what you think of life'

14:40 Gertrudis Van de Vijver, 'Life as a struggle against the forces of death, or life on the rails of death? On the Freudian concept of death drive and its relevance for the concept of life.'

15:20 Coffee break

15:35 Joris Van den Poucke, 'Concepts of what? (M,R)-systems and natural purposes.'

16:15 Barnaby Hutchins, 'Attitudinal vitalism, physicalism, and supplementary metaphysics'

16:55 Charles Wolfe, 'Life will tear us apart: Vitalism and life definitionism'

17:25–18:00 Final discussion