The Concept of Life: A Philosophical Workshop

29-11-2019 from 10:00 to 17:30
Vergaderzaal, 1st floor, Blandijnberg 2, Ghent

Organized by Gertrudis Van de Vijver and Charles Wolfe


10:00 Bohang Chen, 'Darwinism and Chinese Communism: a comparative history'

10:45 Leonardo Bich & Derek Skillings, 'Biological Individuality: a physiological account'

11:30 Coffee break 

11:45 Boris Demarest, 'On the Role of the Concept of Life in Biology: a Response to Recent Criticisms of the Project of Life-Definitionism'

12:30 Massimiliano Simons, 'Tell me what you think of aliens and I will tell you what you think of life'

13:15–14:30 Lunch

14:30 Gertrudis Van de Vijver, 'Life as a struggle against the forces of death, or life on the rails of death? On the Freudian concept of death drive and its relevance for the concept of life.'

15:15 Joris Van den Poucke, 'Concepts of what? (M,R)-systems and natural purposes.'

16:00 Barnaby Hutchins, 'Attitudinal vitalism, physicalism, and supplementary metaphysics'

16:45 Charles Wolfe, 'Life will tear us apart: vitalism and life definitionism'