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People and Places

philosopher's steps
Thursday, April 7, 2022, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Philosophy Department of the Central European University, the Institute Vienna Circle and the Unit for Applied Philosophy of Science and Epistemology (of the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna) are jointly organizing a series of talks this term

Online Plattform: The meeting will be online via Zoom | Talks in Philosophy of Science and Epistemology PSE


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Several authors have argued that socially significant places such as countries, cities and establishments are immaterial objects, despite their being physically located. In contrast, we aim to defend a reductive materialist view of such entities, which identifies them with their physical territories or premises. Accordingly, these are all material objects; typically, aggregates of land and infrastructure. Admittedly, our terms for these entities may also sometimes be used to denote their associated groups of people. But as long as countries, cities and establishments are understood as places, we submit, they are all material objects: the physical territories or premises of their associated groups.