The Problem of Universals

Complutense University of Madrid-Collège de France Joint Philosophy Workshop. UCM, May 30, 2019

Call For Papers

General Info
PHYSIS: the Research Group in Analytic Metaphysics at Complutense University of Madrid and the Research
Group in Metaphysics at Collège de France invite 300-word abstracts prepared for anonymous
review dealing with issues and options concerning the problem of universals in contemporary
analytic metaphysics.

Consider two ordinary objects: a’s being F and b’s being F. The ontological analysis of these
two ordinary objects must lead to raise and answer at least three ontological questions about
the nature of properties and instantiation:

(1 ) what is the ground of a’s having F?
(2) what is the ground of a’s and b’s sharing F?
(3) what rules govern the composition of a’s being F?
In this workshop we will discuss these and other questions, such as:
(4) Are particulars or facts bearers of properties?
(5) Are properties parts of particulars or constituents of facts?
(6) Is instantiation a mereological or a non-mereological relation?
(7) Is instantiation symmetrical or non-symmetrical?
(8) Is instantiation cross-categorial?
(9) Does instantiation have instances?
(10) Is instantiation universal or particular?

UCM-CF Joint Workshops encourage especially submissions from female researchers, junior
scholars, and underrepresented minorities.

Confirmed Speakers:
Javier Cumpa (Complutense University of Madrid)
Alexandre Declos (Collège de France)
Nikk Effingham (University of Birmingham)
Jean-Baptiste Guillon (Collège de France)
Frédéric Nef (Institut Jean-Nicod )
Claudine Tiercelin (Collège de France)

Faculty of Philosophy
Plaza de Menéndez Pelayo, 4
Ortega y Gasset Room
Complutense University of Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Important Dates
Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 15th, 2019
Notification of accepted abstracts: March 25th, 2019
Registration deadline: May 1st, 2019
Workshop Date: May 30th, 2019

There is no registration fee to participate in the workshop but registration is required. To register,
please send your name/surname, contact details and affiliation by email to no later than May 1st, 2019.

For further details or queries please contact the UCM organiser Javier Cumpa
(, or visit:
Sponsor: Comunidad de Madrid. Research Project: The Eliminativist Approach to Categories:
Issues in Ontology, Philosophy of Language, and Philosophy of Science (2016-T1/HUM-