DFG-Network Change and Change-Makers (Fl 2377/2-1) January 2020 — December 2023
Project Description: Change and Change-Makers (CCM) is an international research network that started in 2020. The network brings together 15 philosophers working on questions of change and change-makers in various fields of philosophy. The aim of this collaboration is to open up new perspectives on the phenomena of change and persistence, to develop approaches for a new theory of these, and to trace its effects for the philosophy of time in general.
Starting from the notion of "change-makers", introduced to describe the entities that bring about change in the first place, we try to shed new light on the persistence debate. Our hypothesis is that persistence can only be understood adequately if a more comprehensive understanding of change is applied. This approach requires a specific and multifaceted methodology: The metaphysical-systematic questions at the centre are complemented by semantic as well as formal aspects. We also focus on historical theories that have significantly shaped the paradigm of the current debate. Besides Greek antiquity, we look at philosophical approaches of the often underrepresented European Middle Ages. Furthermore, the philosophy of Henri Bergson, whose theory of processes seems to us to be particularly suitable for building a bridge between agents of change and persistence, offers great potential for the current debate.
During the funding period, the network will conduct six workshops. The overall output will consist in joint publications of the network members and the external speakers of the workshops.
# 1 Persistence in Stability [Postponed due to Corona]
#2 Change and Changemakers in AncientPhilosophy (1-2 July 2021)
#3 Formal Accounts of Powers, Processes, and Change (9-10 December 2021)