April 26-28, 2024 at Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Keynotes: Karen Bennett, Ron Mallon, 
Jennifer McKitrick, and Ronald Sundstrom

Organizers: Asya Passinsky, Kevin Richardson, 
Jonathan Schaffer, Rose Fonth, and Adrian Liu

Workshop schedule

The 5th annual Social Metaphysics Workshop will be held (in person) April 26th to 28th, 2024 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The workshop will be held at the Rutgers Philosophy Department, 106 Somerset St., 5th floor.
The workshop is only open to invited presenters and participants, and members of the Rutgers community.

Workshop schedule

Friday, April 26
 1:00 - 1:10 Welcoming Announcements from the Organizers
 1:10 - 2:30 Pre-read: A Framework for the Metaphysics of Race, by Dan Korman; comments by Aaron Griffith and Danny Underwood; chaired by Jonathan Schaffer
 2:40 - 4:00 Pre-read: The Role of Values in Feminist Metaphysics, by Jade Fletcher; comments by Dee Payton and Elanor Taylor; chaired by Phil Corkum
 4:30 - 6:00 Presentation: Dispositions and Sexual Orientation, by Jennifer McKitrick; chaired by Sara Purinton

Saturday, April 27
 10:00 - 11:30 Presentation: The Resilience of Social Hierarchy, by Ron Mallon; chaired by Katherina Gontaryuk
 11:40 - 1:00 Pre-read: Legal Grounds, by Louis deRosset; comments by Samuele Chilovi and Michael Raven; chaired by Amanda Karlsson
 3:00 - 4:20 Pre-read: Gender as interpretation, by Alice van’t Hoff; comments by Gillian Gray and Friederike Moltmann; chaired by Isabel Uriagereka Herburger
 4:30 - 6:00 Presentation: Racial Indifference, by Ronald Sundstrom; chaired by Annalisa Muscolo
 6:30 - ???? Conference dinner at Sahara, 165 Easton Ave

Sunday, April 28
 10:00 - 11:20 Pre-read: What’s Special About Sexual Orientation, by Matthew Andler; comments by Katrina Haaksma and Pixie Shen; chaired by Augie Faller
 11:30 - 1:00 Presentation: Going Underground: The Role of Principles in Grounding, by Karen Bennett; chaired by Jaime Castillo Gamboa

More information

If you would like to check out our previous meetings (held at Duke University), you can find them here:
For questions about our upcoming meeting at Rutgers, please email schaffer0 [at], with “Social Metaphysics question” as the email title.