Lecture by Justin Tiehen: “A Theory of Everything that Exists in the Entire World”

Justin Tiehen, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Puget Sound, will be delivering the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address titled “A Theory of Everything that Exists in the Entire World” on Wednesday, October 28th @ 5pm in Trimble Forum.

Professor Tiehen sent us the abstract for the talk:

Philosophers have long sought a unified theory of everything. Consider Thales, the first Western philosopher, who thought everything that exists is ultimately made of water. Today a more common view is Physicalism, the thesis that everything that exists is ultimately physical, that is, made up of the sort of entities described by the science of physics. My talk will examine the prospects of Physicalism, focusing especially on potential problems for the view that arise in connection with attempts to provide Physicalistic explanations of consciousness, of normativity (including morality), and of absences (things that don’t happen).

Justin Tiehen is the author of numerous articles in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and philosophy of science. His recent works include“A Priori Scrutability and That’s All,” in The Journal of Philosophy (2014); “Explaining Causal Closure,” in Philosophical Studies (2014); and “The Role Functionalist Theory of Absences,” in Erkenntnis (2015). More information about these and his other writings can be found in his webpage.