Unifying Metaphysical Pluralism

Academic output

Research output that this project has produced is listed below.

Academic publications (peer-reviewed)

  • 2021: (OA) ‘ ‘Animals run about the world in all sorts of paths’: Varieties of Indeterminism’. Synthese: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-021-03319-w.
  • 2021: (OA) ‘Absolute Idealist Powers’. Forthcoming in Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Published online-first (link).
  • 2021 (OA): ‘Varieties of Power’. Axiomathes 31(1): 45–61 (link).
  • 2021 (OA): ‘The Limits of Reductionism: Thought, Life, and Reality’. In: Passon, Oliver & Christoph Benzmüller (2021). Wider den Reduktionismus. Heidelberg: Springer Spektrum, Chapter 4 – link. (Winning essay of the 2019 Kurt Gödel Award.)
  • 2020: ‘When will individuals meet their personalized probabilities? A philosophical note on risk prediction’. European Journal of Epidemiology 35(12): 1115–1121 – link. Together with O.M. Dekkers.
  • 2020: How do we judge the responsibility (or otherwise) of research and innovation? Capital, Aristotle, and the neglected factor: freedom. In: Roland J. Ortt, David van Putten, Linda M. Kamp, Ibo van de Poel, eds. (2020). Responsible Innovation in Large Technological Systems. Oxon, UK: Routledge, Chapter 9. Together with C.W.M. Naastepad. (link)
  • 2018 (OA): Mulder, J.M. ‘The Limits of Humeanism’. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 8(3): 671–87 (link)
  • 2018 (OA): Naastepad, C.W.M. and Mulder, J.M. ‘Robots and Us: Towards an Economics of the “Good Life”‘. Review of Social Economy 76(3): 302–34 (link)


  • 2019: Recipient of the Kurt Gödel Award 2019, issued by the Kurt Gödel Freundeskreis in collaboration with Wuppertal University, for the essay ‘The limits of reductionism: thought, life, and reality’ (published online)
  • 2019: Recipient, together with C.W.M. Naastepad, of the Helen Potter Award 2018, issued by the Association of Social Economics, for the best essay published in the Review of Social Economy in 2018 (see above: ‘Robots and Us: Towards an Economics of the “Good Life”‘)

Invited talks and selected conference presentations

  • January 6, 2021: ‘Unity Without Reductionism: A Progression’, at the Colloquium for awarding the Kurt Goedel Prize at Wuppertal University (but held online because of the corona situation). The lecture is available on the website of the Kurt Gödel Freundeskreis here.
  • August 26, 2020: ‘Powers Metaphysics as Idealism’, presentation in the context of ECAP10 (the 10th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy, held online because of corona) – link.
  • February 28, 2020: ‘Liber Mundi’, presentation in the context of this project’s own workshop Subject and Object, held at Utrecht University with Adrian Haddock.
  • June 17, 2019: ‘Aristotle, Hegel, and Rödl on how the law of non-contradiction leads to contradictions’, ELP-talk at Constance University.
  • February 12, 2019: ‘On the Unity of (Group) Action’, together with Niels van Miltenburg, contribution to the REINS Closing Conference held at Utrecht University.
  • January 24, 2019: ‘Varieties of Process’, contribution to this project’s own Workshop on Varieties of Understanding in the Sciences.
  • January 11, 2019: ‘Two Perspectives on Time’, contribution to the XIth Meeting of the Metametaphysical Club, held at Rotterdam University.
  • November 21, 2018: ‘A puzzle about higher-order theories of consciousness’, contribution to the Tokyo Forum for Analytic Philosophy. (link).
  • October 6, 2018: invited lecture at the Self-Consciousness and Objectivity Conference, held at Chicago University, entitled ‘Not So Simple Powers’ (link).
  • May 30, 2018: invited lecture at UCL Institute of Education in London, entitled ‘Varieties of Individuation: A Metaphysical Exploration’ (link).
  • May 3, 2018: Discussion session at Leipzig University around my draft paper entitled ‘Self-Consciousness and Individuation’.
  • May 2, 2018: invited lecture at Leipzig University (Institutskolloquium), entitled ‘Determination and Determinism’ (link).