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Podcast Profile: Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies

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58 episodes
2012 to 2014
Median: 51 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Exploring various aspects of modern and ancient metaphysics as they relate to the hypothesis that powers (or dispositions) are the sole elementary building block in ontology.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Ancient and modern metaphysics • Powers and dispositions • Aristotle's philosophy • Collective agency • Moral development • Stoicism • Causation theories • Quantum mechanics interpretation • Health in antiquity • Daoist philosophy

This podcast, titled "Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies," delves into a wide array of discussions surrounding modern and ancient metaphysics with a particular emphasis on the concept of powers, or dispositions, as fundamental elements in ontology. The episodes feature lectures and talks from distinguished scholars who explore both theoretical and applied aspects of metaphysical thought.

A prevailing theme throughout the podcast is the examination of how various philosophical traditions, from the works of ancient philosophers like Aristotle to contemporary thinkers, conceptualize powers and causation. Discussions often focus on the dynamics of emergence, reduction, and the interaction between microphysical processes and macroscopic phenomena. Scholars present arguments on the necessity of powers, the possibility of their manifestations in counterfactual scenarios, and the challenges posed to these traditional understandings by modern science and philosophy.

Several episodes address the ongoing debates between substance and process ontologies. Here, the discussions highlight the implications of considering processes more fundamental than static entities, investigating whether the activities sustaining processes can be understood as the exercise of powers. The podcast also dedicates episodes to scrutinizing the nature of causation, collective agency, moral virtue development, and the metaphysical knowledge that underpins these concepts.

Episodes frequently revisit classical philosophical works, offering critical analyses of historical texts and thinkers such as Marcus Aurelius, Aristotle, and Empedocles. These discussions illuminate how ancient philosophical views can inform or contrast with modern debates in areas like political theory, dynamics, ethics, and the philosophy of mind.

Overall, this podcast serves as a comprehensive platform for exploring the intricate and often contentious nature of metaphysical theories of powers and dispositions, bridging the gap between ancient ontological models and contemporary philosophical discourse.


Episodes:
Two Concepts of Emergence
2014-May-07
54 minutes
Processes and Powers
2014-May-07
57 minutes
Powers: Necessity and Neighbourhoods
2014-May-07
48 minutes
Causal Production as Interaction: a Causal Account of Persistence and Grounding
2014-May-07
55 minutes
Doing Away With Dispositions: Towards a Law-Based Account of Modality in Science
2014-Feb-18
50 minutes
Quidditism and Modal Methodology
2014-Feb-18
57 minutes
The Fundamentality of the Familiar
2014-Feb-18
45 minutes
Aristotle's Dynamics in Physics VII 5: the Importance of Being Conditional
2014-Feb-18
56 minutes
Aristotle on the Happiness of the City
2014-Feb-18
39 minutes
Pluralism and Determinism
2014-Feb-18
47 minutes
Inclination and the Modality of Dispositions
2014-Feb-18
53 minutes
Can We Make Sense of Metaphysical Knowledge?
2014-Feb-18
65 minutes
Stilpo of Megara and the Uses of Argument
2014-Feb-13
44 minutes
Marcus Aurelius' Meditations: How Stoic are They?
2014-Feb-13
57 minutes
Moral Development and Self-Knowledge in Aristotle
2014-Feb-13
48 minutes
Freedom and Responsibility Revisited
2014-Feb-13
42 minutes
Collective Agency and Knowledge of Others' Minds
2014-Feb-12
57 minutes
Aristotle on Singular Thought
2014-Feb-12
40 minutes
Multimodal Perception and the Distinction Between the Senses
2014-Feb-12
46 minutes
Common Sense and Metaperception
2014-Feb-12
50 minutes
The Causal Power of Structure and the Role of Intellect
2014-Feb-12
44 minutes
Aristotle on the Problem of Common Sensibles
2014-Feb-12
51 minutes
The Persistence of Animate Organisms
2013-Aug-23
60 minutes
Freedom and Responsibility Revisited
2013-Aug-23
71 minutes
Causes, Powers and Structures in a Factored Process Ontology: Solutions and Lacunae
2013-Aug-23
71 minutes
There are Mechanisms, and Then There are Mechanisms
2013-Aug-23
46 minutes
Cartesian Transubstantiation
2013-Aug-23
52 minutes
Powers, Functions and Parts: the Stoics (and Others) on the Nature of the Passions
2013-Aug-23
58 minutes
Aristotelian v. Contemporary Perspectives on Relations
2013-Aug-23
45 minutes
Structure and Quality
2013-Aug-23
47 minutes
Freedom and Indifference in Marcus Aurelius
2013-Aug-23
45 minutes
Marcus on Becoming Whole
2013-Aug-23
63 minutes
Religious Debate and Religious Competition in the Age of Marcus Aurelius
2013-Aug-23
52 minutes
Marcus Aurelius' Meditations - Is there a Core Project?
2013-Aug-23
54 minutes
Empedocles' Dynamic, Changeless World
2013-Aug-23
47 minutes
Powers in the cosmic cycle
2013-Aug-23
41 minutes
Empedoclean Superorganisms
2013-Aug-23
38 minutes
Which Things have Divine Names in Empedocles and Why?
2013-Aug-23
57 minutes
Elemental Change in Empedocles
2013-Aug-23
59 minutes
Thinking Structure
2013-Aug-23
57 minutes
The Metaphysics of Rovelli's Relational Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
2012-Dec-12
39 minutes
Causal Relations
2012-Dec-12
36 minutes
External Relations, Causal Coincidence and Contingency
2012-Dec-12
42 minutes
Relations All The Way Down?
2012-Dec-12
51 minutes
Positionalism Revisited
2012-Dec-12
63 minutes
There Are (Probably) No Relations
2012-Dec-12
52 minutes
Galen and the Ontology of Powers
2012-Dec-12
64 minutes
Immanent Intelligence and the Natural Faculties in Galen
2012-Dec-12
53 minutes
On Weakness/Strength and Sickness/Health in Ancient Daoist Philosophy
2012-Dec-12
39 minutes
Causing Health and Disease: Medical Powers in Classical and Late Antiquity
2012-Dec-12
51 minutes
A Determinable-based Account of Metaphysical Indeterminacy
2012-Dec-12
47 minutes
A Platonic Theory of Truthmaking
2012-Mar-06
46 minutes
Objective and Subjective Powers and Dispositions
2012-Mar-06
56 minutes
Limitations of Power
2012-Feb-15
59 minutes
Mutual Manifestations and Martin's Two Triangles
2012-Feb-15
49 minutes
Identity, Individuality and Discernibility
2012-Feb-15
60 minutes
Relational vs. Constituent Ontologies
2012-Feb-15
49 minutes
Is causation a relation?
2012-Feb-15
67 minutes