Past events

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2007
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Workshop on Nicolai Hartmann, Biology, and Forms of Life
Thursday–Friday, December 13–14, 2007.
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Organized by the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science, Saarland University (Building 6, Seminar room 1.32). Funded by the VolkswagenFoundation – "Forms of Life" Project.
Theme: Philosophy of biology has its peculiar ontological problems such asreductionism, teleology, and the status of species. The German metaphysician Nicolai Hartmann (1882-1950) addresses these questions. Hartmann received aformation in medicine prior to entering philosophy, and he is especially interested in making his ontology conform to his knowledge of biology. One of thec entral theses of this ontology is that the world contains four distinct irreducible ontological strata, the organic (biological) realm being one of them. Combined with his general theory of categories, this thesis entails that there is a different set of categories for every stratum. In Philosophische Grundfragender Biologie (1912) and Philosophie der Natur (1950), Hartmann gives an accountof the set of categories belonging to the organic realm — the "organological categories". We think his views on these matters are well worth to be reconsidered and contrasted with the reductionism and nominalism that dominates contemporary analytic metaphysics.
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Program:
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Thursday
14:00 Words of welcome
14:15 Rafael Hüntelmann (Frankfurt), "Nicolai Hartmann's General Ontology"
15:30 Coffee
15:50 Erwin Tegtmeier (Mannheim), "A General Ontologist Looks at Hartmann's Organological Categories"
17:05 Coffee
17:15 Ingvar Johansson (Saarbrücken), "The Relevance of Hartmann's Distinction between Superimposition and Superinformation"
18:30 End of the day
19:30 Dinner
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Friday
9:30 Frédéric Tremblay (Buffalo), "The Ontological Status of Species in Nicolai Hartmann's Organological Categories"
10:45 Coffee
11:05 Helmut Trützschler (Darmstadt), "Über die modale Struktur des Lebensprozesses bei Nicolai Hartmann"
12:20 End of the workshop
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Location: IFOMIS, Saarbrücken
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2001
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The Legacy of Nicolai Hartmann An International Conference for the 50th anniversary of Hartmann's death 21-22 June 2001
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Speakers:
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Roberto Poli, Hartmann Today
Wolfgang Wildgen, Natural Morphologies and Ontological Levels
Liliana Albertazzi, At the Roots of Ontics: Emotional Acts
Predrag Cicovacki, New Ways of Ontology - The Ways of Interaction
Alberto Peruzzi, The Stratified Reality of Nicolai Hartmann
Ingvar Johansson, Hartmann and the Concept of Supervenience
Erwin Tegtmeier, Nicolai Hartmann's Ontologo
Roberto Poli, Brooding over Hartmann's Theory of the Levels of Reality
Gabor Csepregi, The Relevance of Hartmann's Musical Aesthetics
Robert Jordan, Hartmann, Schutz and the Hermeneutics of Action
Antonio Da Re, Objective Spirit and Personal Spirit in Hartmann's Philosophy
Andreas Kinneging, Hartmann's Vindication of the Moral Order
Rafael Huentelmann, N. H. Modal Ontology of Real Beings and the Deterministic Concept of Being
Jerzy Perzanowski, Remarks on Hartmann's Ontological Modalities
Jan Wolenski, Intentio recta, intentio obliqua and the object of knowledge