University of Colorado Assistant Professor Raul Saucedo will speak on "Ontological Collectivism" in Peabody Hall on Friday, September 7, at 3:30 p.m. This event is part of the UGA Department of Philosophy's Scott & Heather Kleiner Lecture Series and takes place with support from the Willson Center for Humanities & the Arts.
Raul Saucedo works primarily in metaphysics and related topics in logic and philosophy of science. His current research focuses on a few interconnected issues concerning parts and wholes, space and time, plurals, and fundamentality. He is also interested in the treatment of these themes across the history of philosophy (especially in the ancient Greek and early modern periods) as well as in non-Western intellectual traditions (especially ancient Indian thought).
"I articulate a much overlooked debate in fundamental metaphysics--the debate over the relative ontological priority between individuality and collectivity," says Saucedo of his upcoming talk. "I argue that one of the views at play in the debate--the thesis that collectivity grounds individuality, which I call ontological collectivism--is not only coherent but of also of critical interest to metaphysics."