Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture
This talk will be about Nothing. It is not the case that there will be no thing that Suki will be talking about, nevertheless she will indeed talk about the absence of referents as well as reference to absence. Nothing is said to have many extraordinary properties, but in predicating anything of Nothing we contradict its nothingyness. In trying to avoid such misleading descriptions, Nothing could be described as indescribable, but since that is a description in itself, then perhaps Nothing is inescapably contradictory. Since Nothing (and contradictions) quickly explodes into infinity, and having only restricted finite time, this talk covers some introductory thoughts on material from a variety of disciplines and traditions, including the empty set, the vacuum, zero, emptiness, nonexistents, and holes, from which Suki hopes you will get something (and maybe even Everything) from Nothing.
About the speaker
Dr Suki Finn is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway University of London, and previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Southampton. She completed her PhD at the University of York and has held visiting fellowships at the University of Oslo, University of Vienna, Australian National University, New York University, and City University of New York Graduate Center. Her areas of research span the philosophy of logic, metaphysics, philosophy of science, feminism, and epistemology, though her most recent work focuses on gender and pregnancy. She has published a number of articles on these topics in Synthese, Bioethics,