The 2024 LanCog Summer Metaphysics Workshop – Theme: Time

July 1, 2024


The 2024 LanCog Summer Metaphysics Workshop will be an intensive, three day workshop on the topic of the metaphysics of time, broadly construed, and will feature leading scholars from around the world. Attendance is open to all who are interested, but anyone who is planning to attend should register for the workshop through the link below, so that the organizers can plan accordingly.




July 1st

9:30-10:00 Coffee, tea, snacks

10:00-11:30  Alison Fernandes (University of Dublin), “Two Projects on the Direction of Time” (Giacomo Andreoletti (University of Salzburg), commentator; Ned Markosian, chair)

11:45-13:15  Stephan Torre (University of Aberdeen), “Future-Directed Counterfactuals, Practical Reasoning, and the Open Future” (Francisca Silva (University of Saint Andrews), commentator; Hannah Kim, chair)

14:45-16:15  Ted Sider (Rutgers University), “Accept No Substitutes: Against Best-System Theories Without Naturalness” (Erica Shumener (Syracuse University), commentator; Mark Balaguer, chair)

16:30-18:00  Rebecca Chan (San José State University), “Enduring Emotions and the (Im)Possibility of Forgiveness” (Donatella Donati (Università degli Studi dell’Aquila), commentator; Amy Seymour, chair)


July 2nd

9:30-10:00 Coffee, tea, snacks

10:00-11:30  Hugo Ferreira Luzio (University of Lisbon), “Is the Growing Block Theory Undermined by the Epistemic Objection?” (Fabrice Correia (University of Geneva), commentator; Erica Shumener, chair)

11:45-13:15 David Friedell (Union College), “Easy Arguments about Time Machines and Oracles” (Aderonke Ajiboro (Obafemi Awolowo University), commentator; Alison Fernandes, chair)

14:45-16:15 Gabrielle Kerbel (University of Michigan), “Reintroducing Absolute Simultaneity?” (Andrea Oldofredi (University of Lisbon), commentator; Ted Sider, chair)

16:30-18:00  Jill North (Rutgers University), “Perspicuous Representation in Physics” (David Builes (Princeton University), commentator; Rebecca Chan, chair)


July 3rd

9:30-10:00 Coffee, tea, snacks

10:00-11:30  Robert Michels (University of Lisbon), “Dynamic Essence” (Elton Marques (Catholic University of Portugal), commentator; David Braddon-Mitchell, chair)

11:45-13:15  Amy Seymour (Fordham University), “What’s the Problem with Personites?” (Ricardo Santos (University of Lisbon), commentator; David Friedell, chair)

14:45-16:15 Mark Balaguer (California State University, Los Angeles), “Presentism Without Time, Without Temporal Passage, and Without the A-Theory” (Kristie Miller (University of Sydney), commentator; Stephan Torre, chair)

16:30-18:00  Hannah Kim (University of Arizona), “How Fictional Events can be Past, Present, or Future” (Natalja Deng (Yonsei University), commentator; Jill North, chair)




Organizer: Ned Markosian (UMass Amherst, LanCog)
Assistant Organizer: Hugo Luzio (LanCog, CFUL)


To register for the workshop, click here.


For any information or further queries about the workshop, please contact the organizer at the following email address:


(Final Workshop Photo by Ned Markosian)