Conference: The Foetus and the Maternal Organism

Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics I: The Foetus and the Maternal Organism

July 21st, 2015, University of Southampton

Please register by July 12th.

Eric Olson (Sheffield) ‘Is the foetus a part of the mother’s body?’
John Dupre (Exeter) ‘Pregnancy as a bifurcating process’
Rohan Lewis (Souhtampton) ‘No going back: biological perspectives on the emergence of biological identity in reproduction’
Barry Smith (Buffalo) ‘Embryontology’

Although philosophers have explored metaphysical questions related to pregnancy – most obviously abortion and the metaphysical status of the fetus – little philosophical attention has been paid to pregnancy itself. This workshop explores on of the main metaphysical questions posed by pregnancy: how do the entities involved in pregnancy – the embryo or fetus and the maternal organism relate to each other? Should the fetus be regarded as part of the mother, or as ‘merely inside ‘ or ‘surrounded by’ the mother?

This workshop is one of a series of four in the project Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics, Ethics & Epistemology, funded by the Southampton Ethics Centre and the University of Southampton ‘Adventures in Research’ Scheme, with added support from the British Society for Philosophy of Science and the Aristotelian Society. It will be followed by another workshops on Metaphysics on the 18th of September and was preceded by two workshops on Ethics and Epistemology on the 18th of June 2014 and the 13th of April 2015.
Registration is free of charge, and will include tea/coffee/refreshments. Delegates must provide/ pay for their own meals; there is an option to sign up for a buffet lunch (cost: GBP 8.50) when registering via the online store here.
If you would like to attend but childcare duties render your attendance difficult, please contact the organisers (as far in advance as possible).

For more information, program, accessibility information & registration go here.

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