January 19, 2018 -
3:30pm to 5:15pm
Building 90, Room 92Q
free and open to the public
Title: Realism and the Absence of Value
Abstract: Much recent metaphysics is built around notions such as naturalness, fundamentality, grounding, dependence, essence, and others besides. In this paper I raise a problem for this kind of metaphysics, the “problem of missing value”. I survey a number of possible solutions to the problem and find them all wanting. This suggests a return to a kind of Goodmanian view that the world is a structureless mess onto which we project our own categorizations, not something with categories already built in.