International Center for Formal Ontology (ICFO)

The International Center for Formal Ontology (ICFO) is a centre of research excellence devoted to the formal ontology. ICFO was created in February 2015 and is affiliated at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. For more general information about the Center visit our Aims, History  and Program Council. continue reading →

ICFO Mentoring Program

ICFO supports international PhD/habilitation and awarding procedures in formal ontology. If you are preparing a doctoral or habilitation thesis in formal ontology, have original research ideas and a good body of academic work and are looking for an advisor who could become your mentor and support you, then the ICFO mentoring program is for you. In this program we will help you make contact with prominent formal ontologists who provide advice and support in research work to candidates. What do we require from a successful candidate? Original formal ontology research ideas, boldness in…continue reading →

Strategic Cooperation Letter of Intent

On February 8, 2016, a Strategic Cooperation Letter of Intent was signed between the Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Science, with its registered office in Warsaw, ul. Nowy Świat 69, represented by the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Warsaw, Prof. Dr. Habil. Krzysztof Koseła, and the International Center for Formal Ontology, with its registered office in Warsaw, Pl. Politechniki 1, represented by the Director of the International Centre for Formal Ontology, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Habil. Mirosław Szatkowski.continue reading →
Substance

Substance

No concept is more controversial in the history of ontology, and also in the contemporary discussion, than ‘substance’. Whether a given ontology includes substances or rejects them – this basically decides not only what is the framework of categories accepted in the ontology, but also what is the conception of metaphysics it presupposes. For many approaches to metaphysics, substances are indispensable, especially, of course, for Aristotelian-Thomistic approaches. In our workshop, we will discuss recent attempts to refute substance ontology, as well as strategies to re-establish it with new ontological/formal tools. We will pay attention to the fact that ‘substance’ is…continue reading →
Quo vadis, Metaphysics?

Quo vadis, Metaphysics?

The old philosophical discipline of metaphysics – after having been pronounced dead by many – has enjoyed a significant revival within the last thirty years, due to the application of the methods of Analytical Philosophy. To this revival, the outstanding American metaphysician Peter van Inwagen has significantly contributed. At the conference, papers can – but not necessarily have to – consider aspects of van Inwagen’s metaphysical positions: on material beings, freedom of the will, the problem of evil, existence, identity, modality, etc. With or without connection to van Inwagen’s work, the conference will…continue reading →
VII th International Ontological Workshop “Analogy”

VII th International Ontological Workshop “Analogy”

The workshop will comprise presentations on a range of issues related to analogy (the nature, evaluation and justification of analogical arguments, and so on). Speakers will have the option of having their papers published in a post-workshop monograph by a prestigious foreign publishing house (most probably de Gruyter). Organizing Committee Mirosław Szatkowski (International Center for Formal Ontology, Poland) – chair Joanna Golińska-Pilarek (University of Warsaw, Poland) (more…)