26 February, David Oderberg, "Recovering the Hierarchy of Being"

On 26 February 2020, David Oderberg (University of Reading) will deliver a talk entitled 'Recovering the Hierarchy of Being' at the 2019-2020 Humane Philosophy Project/IRC seminar series. 


Time: 5:00pm-6:15pm, refreshments provided

Venue: the aula, Blackfriars Hall, St. Giles, Oxford


This event is free and open to the public. 


Abstract: The idea of the Great Chain of Being was a foundation stone of philosophy from Plato to the nineteenth century. Under the onslaught of thinkers promoting varieties of evolutionism, universal becoming, and laws of eternal progress, the idea disappeared from mainstream thought, retreating into the corners of esotericism. The idea, however, deserves reappraisal. Rechristening it more prosaically as the idea of a hierarchy of being, and pruning it of its wilder and less plausible offshoots, we find a metaphysical concept that has much to commend it, deserving serious reconsideration and perhaps even reinstatement at the core of sound philosophy.


David Oderberg is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. His chief interest is metaphysics, but he also has a major interest in moral philosophy and has published in a number of areas including philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and philosophical logic, among others. He has written books on metaphysics and ethics, and his latest book, The Metaphysics of Good and Evil, was published in 2019.


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