Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

DM1: Metaphysics in the Law

Barcelona 22-23 May 2017


Venue: Facultat de Filosofia, Universitat de Barcelona (c. Montalegre 6, 4th floor, Seminari de Filosofia)


Organized by Samuele Chilovi (Barcelona & Glasgow) & Dan López de Sa (ICREA & Barcelona); sponsored by research project “Derivative Metaphysics” (FFI2015-66372-P MINECO/FEDER, UE); Factultat de Filosofia, UB


The workshop DM1: Metaphysics in the Law is an interdisciplinary series of talks focusing on issues at the intersection between contemporary analytic metaphysics and the philosophy of law. The topics to be dealt with will include metaphysical accounts of core legal phenomena (validity, obligation, authority), applications to law of central metaphysical concepts (grounding, causation), and the relevance of the metaphysics of linguistic content for legal interpretation.


Provisional Program


Monday 22 May


11:15-13:00 – Sara Bernstein (Notre Dame): “Deviant Causal Chains and the Law”

Chair: Dan López de Sa (ICREA & Barcelona)


15:00-16:45 – George Pavlakos (Glasgow) and Samuele Chilovi (Barcelona & Glasgow): “Rational Determination as Grounding”

Chair: J.J. Moreso (Pompeu Fabra)


17:15-19:00 – Teresa Marques (Barcelona): “Hybrid dispositionalism and the law”

Chair: Chiara Valentini (Pompeu Fabra)


Tuesday 23 May


09:00-10:45 – Jack Woods (Leeds): ‘The Explanatory Role of Ethics in the Law”

Chair: Carl Hoefer (ICREA & Barcelona)


11:15-13:00 – Genoveva Marti (ICREA & Barcelona) and Lorena Ramirez (Pompeu Fabra): “Of fish, fruit and death. Natural kinds and legal disputes”

Chair: Samuele Chilovi (Barcelona & Glasgow)


15:00-16:45 – Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers): “Lawmaking: A Grounding Account”

Chair: Manuel García-Carpintero (Barcelona)


20:00 – Social Dinner

(If you are not a speaker and you will be interested in signing in, please get in touch with Sam at (prize for students: 20€; rest: 35€).)