Sarah Broadie – Actual Instead

Event Date: 8 October 2012
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

The Presidential Address for the 133rd London Session

Professor Sarah Broadie (University of St. Andrews) – Actual Instead

Chaired by Marie McGinn (UEA/York)
President of the Aristotelian Society – 2011/12

It is argued that acceptance of determinism sits badly with the way we use counterfactual conditionals when considering gains and losses in light of how things would have been if such and such had or had not happened; it is further suggested that one type of indeterminism runs into the same difficulty; also that the difficulty may escape notice through failure to distinguish different uses of counterfactuals.

About the 105th President
Sarah Broadie is in the Moral Philosophy Department at the University of St Andrews. She has previously worked in philosophy departments at Princeton, Rutgers, Yale, the University of Texas at Austin, and Edinburgh University. Her publications include Nature, Change, and Agency in Aristotle’s Physics (1982); Passage and Possibility: a study of Aristotle’s modal concepts (1982); Ethics with Aristotle (1991); Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Commentary, with translation by Christopher Rowe (2002);  Aristotle and Beyond, Essays on Metaphysics and Ethics (2007); Nature and Divinity in Plato’s Timaeus (2011); Philoponus on Aristotle, Physics 4. 10-14 (on Time), translation and notes (2012). She is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academia Europaea.

This year’s Presidential Address marks the official inauguration of Professor Sarah Broadie (St. Andrews) as the 105th President of the Aristotelian Society.

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