Society for the Metaphysics of Science at the 2008 Central APA

The Society for the Metaphysics of Science has organized the following sessions at the upcoming Central APA:

GI-5 Thursday, April 17,  9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Topic: Metaphysics, Science, and the Social World
Title: “The Folk Concept of Race”
Speaker: Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh)
Title: “Normalcy and Sociality”
Speaker: Robert A. Wilson (University of Alberta)

GIII-10 Thursday, April 17,  7:30 PM-10:30 PM

Topic: Functions and Mechanisms
Title: “Mechanistic Functionalism”
Speaker: Gualtiero Piccinini (University of Missouri, St. Louis)
Title: “Improving Nonreductive Functionalism by Taking Mechanisms Seriously: Causal Versus Total Nomic Roles”
Speaker: Ronald Endicott (North Carolina State University)
Title: “The Third Way for Functionalists”
Speaker: Carl Gillett (Illinois Wesleyan University)