Things have been very slow on the blogging front recently: a product of hecticity in all aspects of life over the last few weeks. Apologies in particular to those who have left comments
On the research side, I was down in Oxford on Friday giving a talk to the departmental Philosophical Society on “Semantics for nihilists”. This is a paper that’s turning into a more general project of showing how to get truths about macro-objects, or sets, say, without having to having to admit macro-objects into ones ontology. As I think of these things, the real issue here concerns the nature of ontological commitment (Agustin Rayo‘s recent papers convinced me of this). I’m planning to write up this stuff at the next available opportunity. I’m giving it again at a “Structure in Metaphysics” workshop here in Leeds, soon.
I’m also in the process of organizing my trip to Boise, Idaho, for the metametaphysics conference there.
Finally, on the news front: I’m going to be on research leave next year, courtesy of those nice people of the AHRC. It’s for a project called “Intrinsic survival, multiple survival, vague survival”, which takes on a cluster of issues, including intrinsicality, ontic vagueness, fission cases, and the problem of the many. One part of the application was to give regular research updates on this blog, so I’m committed to keep this active while on leave!