Inductive Metaphysics is a comparatively new branch of metaphysics that justifies meta­physical principles by inductive or abductive inferences from empirical evidence, rather than by purely logico-conceptual considerations. This conference intends to give a representative picture of the state of the art in inductive metaphysics and the current debate on this branch of metaphysics. The conference is organized by the DFG-funded research group “Inductive Metaphysics” (FOR 2495) in which more than 30 philosophers from seven German universities explore the prospects and applications of inductive metaphysics.

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There will be nine plenary talks given by Karen Bennett (Rutgers University, USA), Stephen Biggs (Iowa State University, USA), Katherine Brading (Duke University, USA), Anjan Chakravartty (University of Miami, USA), Andreas Hüttemann & Gerhard Schurz (University of Cologne & University of Düsseldorf, Germany), Jenann Ismael (Columbia University, USA), Max Kistler (University of Paris 1, France), Oliver Scholz & Ansgar Seide (University of Münster, Germany), Thomas Uebel (University of Manchester, UK).

There will be 24 open slots for contributed talks (30′ talk + 20′ disc.). Talks and discussions will be in physical presence; hybrid online audience will be possible.

Submissions for contributed talks are welcome. Your submission should consist of a short abstract (100 words) and longer abstract (1000 words); please send your submission toInductiveMetaphysics@hhu.deSubmission deadline: February 282023.

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