Metaphysical Mayhem is a bi-annual graduate student workshop in metaphysics hosted by the philosophy department at Rutgers University. Mayhem is open to all local graduate students (those enrolled in a philosophy Ph.D. program located in New Jersey or New York City), and to those non-local graduate students who have applied and been admitted to the conference. Mayhem was started by Dean Zimmerman, and is now organized by Jonathan Schaffer and Nicholas Tourville.

Our next Mayhem runs August 8–12, 2016 in the philosophy seminar room, on the fifth floor of the Gateway Transit Building at 106 Somerset Street. Here is our schedule, with links to recommended readings:


August 8         9:30-10: Breakfast

10-1: Boris Kment, "Ground and Paradox" (read: Boolos, Kirkham, Fine)

1-2: Lunch

2-5: Presentations by Nathaniel Baron-Schmitt, Naomi Dershowitz, and Steve Steward
 

August 9         9:30-10: Breakfast

10-1: Ross Cameron, "Logic, Truthmaking, and Ontology" (read: Cameron, Thomasson, Rayo & Yablo)

1-2: Lunch

2-5: Presentations by Jonathan Barker, Damian Melamedoff, and Callie Phillips

6- Welcoming barbecue at Simon Goldstein's
 

August 10        9:30-10: Breakfast

10-1: Jonathan Schaffer, "Beyond Fundamentality" (read: Bennett, Dasgupta, Schaffer)

1-2: Lunch

2-5: Presentations by Frances Fairbairn, Alex Moran, and Daniel Muñoz
 

August 11        9:30-10: Breakfast

10-1: Amie Thomasson, "Easy Ontology" (read: Thomasson, Thomasson, Plunkett & Sundell)

1-2: Lunch

2-5: Presentations by Elle Benjamin, Maegan Fairchild, and Peter Finocchiaro
 

August 12        9:30-10: Breakfast

10-1: Ted Sider, "When are Theories Equivalent?" (read: McSweeney, Ismael & van Fraassen, Hirsch)

1-2: Lunch

2-5: Presentations by Cameron Gibbs, Theodore Locke, and Yael Loewenstein

6- Farewell dinner at Sahara's