Philosophy of Time : When metaphysics, aesthetics, and epistemology meet
27-30 January 2012
Ovronnaz, Switzerland

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Photos from the snowshoes hike we did after the workshop

Speakers :
Robert Hopkins (University of Sheffield)
L. A. Paul (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Fabrice Correia (University of Geneva) and Sven Rosenkranz (University of Barcelona)
Barry Dainton (University of Liverpool)
Vincent Lam (University of Queensland)
Catharine Abell (University of Manchester)

Commentators :
Jiri Benovsky
Akiko Frischhut
Baptiste Le Bihan
Ghislain Guigon
Graham Peebles
Cain Todd

Participants :
Gianfranco Soldati
Fabian Dorsch
Emmanuel Baierlé
Thomas Jacobi
Flavio Marelli
Hannes Matthiessen
Patrik Engisch
Emiliano Boccardi
Philipp Keller
Coralie Dorsaz
Damiano Costa
David Jolidon

There are three broad kinds of questions about the nature of time that are often studied separately, but we believe that the three fields of research should communicate and interact in order to gain a better understanding of what time is. These three questions are :

- the metaphysical questions : what is time ? how do material objects persist through time ? what is the ontological status of the past and the future ? what is the relationship between time and change ? does time 'flow' ? is time travel into the past metaphysically possible ? what is the topology of time ?

- the epistemological questions : what is the nature of our experience of time ? what is the epistemological role of the experience of time – are there beliefs (e.g. those based on remembering) that require for their justification an experience of time ? what role does the experience of time play in the justification of perceptual beliefs ?

- the aesthetic questions : how is time represented in artworks ? what experience of time can we have through artworks ? how is the experience of time represented in art (movies, photographs, painting, music, ...) ? what role does the experience of time play in our experience (understanding) or art ?

The aim of this workshop is to create an opportunity for these three fields to communicate. Invited speakers, while being each a specialist in his/her own field, will make a contribution relevant in their area of specialization, but in such a way that it can enrich the other two areas as well.

Place of the workshop :
Ovronnaz Thermalp Hotel

How to get to Ovronnaz :
To get from Geneva Airport or Zurich Airport to Ovronnaz is very easy (it takes about 3 hours, a bit more from Zurich than from Geneva) : Directly at the airport, you just have to take a train followed by a connecting bus (since the train does not go up in the mountains of course). The timetable of the trains, including the connecting bus is here (you buy just ONE ticket for both the train and the bus, it's operated by the same company, so you buy just ONE ticket from Geneva to Ovronnaz and return). To find the timetables, just write on this webpage "Geneva-airport" or "Zurich-airport" to "Ovronnaz" and click OK, you will then be given a choice, and there you pick "Ovronnaz, centre therm. Melley", and you'll get all you need. The bus stops directly in front of the hotel. (Note : on this website "IR", "IC" and "EC" are all trains, "BUS" is ... the bus :-))

Format of the workshop and "obligations" of the participants :
1. Speakers commit themselves to make available a written version of their paper at least 3 weeks before the workshop starts. The paper should be no longer than 20 pages.
2. Participants to the workshop commit themselves to read the papers in advance.
3. At the workshop, speakers will present in 30 minutes their main claims and main arguments.
4. A commentator will then make a short comment on the paper (maximum 15-20 minutes).
5. There will be 40 minutes for a discussion.

Organization :
Jiri Benovsky,