The Problem of Universals

Complutense University of Madrid-Collège de France Joint Philosophy Workshop 
UCM, May 30, 2019
All Welcome!
8:50-9:00 Welcome by Javier Cumpa (UCM) and Alexandre Declos (CdF)

9:00-9:40 E. Tegtmeier (Mannheim): The Having of Properties
9:40-10:20 Jean-Baptiste Guillon (CdF): A Common Sense Defence of Ostrich Nominalism
10:20-11:00 Alexandre Declos (CdF): On Grounding Nominalism
11:00-11:40 Bo R. Meinertsen (Shanghai): On Disjunctive Properties

11:40-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-12:40 Nikk Effingham (Birmingham): Varigrade Slot Theory
12:40-13-20 Javier Cumpa (UCM): A Neutralistic Ontology of Properties 

13:20-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-15:00 Landon D. C. Elkind (Iowa): The Problem of Universals from a Logician’s Point of  View: A Defense of Conceptualism 
15:00-15:30 Francesco Spada (Rome): Vindicating Davidson’s Problem of Predication 
15:30-16:00 Pablo Rychter (Valencia): An Object Having a Property
16:00-16:30 Boris Hennig (Ryerson): Universals: Some Old Wine in a New Bottle
16:30-17:00 Donnchadh O’Conaill (Fribourg): Against Upward Grounding of Universals
17:00-17:30 Ben White (Dublin): Laws, Universals, and Mental Kinds

17:30-18:00 Coffee Break
18:00-18:30 Pinelopi Stylianopoulou (Glasgow): Against the Particular-Universal Distinction: Moving Towards Ontological Maximalism
18:30-19:00 Carlo Rossi (Cambridge): Immanent Universals and their Locations
19:00-19:30 Francesco Consiglio (Granada): Building Categories Within the Niche 
21:30 Conference Dinner
Faculty of Philosophy 
Plaza de Menéndez Pelayo, 4
Ortega y Gasset Room
Complutense University of Madrid
Madrid, Spain
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
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-1263).

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