Everything in its Place

Location, Persistence, and Change


Our project aims to critically examine a number of accounts of how (and if) we may reconcile what we know about ordinary objects with the unexpected things science has taught us about space, time, and the fundamental building blocks of nature. We anticipate generating new knowledge in metaphysics, exploiting the recent 'locative turn' to revitalise perennial questions about existence, persistence, and change.

Running from 2020–2024, Everything in its Place supports an international team of researchers in working on these issues. The project will provide scholarships to support postgraduate researchers, organise conferences and other events on the themes of the project, and produce scholarly publications. The project is based in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide. We are pleased to be contributing to the rich tradition of scientific metaphysics in Australian philosophy.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following:
Australian Research Council
This research is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council Discovery Projects funding scheme (project DP200100190). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Australian Government or Australian Research Council.


Antony Eagle

Chief Investigator
University of Adelaide

Antony Eagle works on most areas in 'theoretical' philosophy, with particular interests in metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of physics.

Cody Gilmore

Partner Investigator
University of California Davis

Cody Gilmore works on topics in metaphysics including mereology, location, and the nature of properties, relations, and propositions.

Shieva Kleinschmidt

Partner Investigator
University of Southern California

Shieva Kleinschmidt works primarily on Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion. She is especially interested in Parthood and Location.

Project Alumni

Jessica Pohlmann

Postgraduate Researcher
University of Adelaide

Jessica completed an MPhil researching existential dependence. She's interested in meta-metaphysics and most curious about how we give foundations to assumptions that underpin metaphysical foundationalism.

Jack Cheshire

Undergraduate Researcher
University of Adelaide

Jack studies philosophy of science alongside experimental and theoretical physics, with especial interest in philosophy of physics.



Supplementary HDR Scholarship

Applications for a supplementary (top-up) scholarship are invited from research higher degree students (PhD or MPhil) applying to Adelaide who propose to work on topics related to the project. The scholarship provides $5000 per annum on top of an Australian Government Research Training Program stipend, plus an additional $2500 for travel and other research-related expenses during candidature. There may also be support for relocation expeses. The scholarship is open to current and commencing candidates; applicants for the HDR program in philosophy at Adelaide will be automatically considered for the scholarship, but should notify Antony Eagle prior to applying.


Congratulations to Jessica Pohlmann!

Jessica successfully completed her MPhil, which was partly supported by the project. Her thesis was titled Renewing a Modal Account of Existential Dependence: Upcycling Mackie’s INUS Condition for Causation. Jessica has now taken a role as the editorial assistant for the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.


Project hiatus

The project will return from hiatus from October 2022.



Space, Time, and Location

Tarndanya (Adelaide, Australia)
July 10–13, 2023

A major international workshop bringing together metaphysicians and philosophers of physics to discuss metaphysical and foundational issues about space and time, material objects, and the nature of location.

The conference is a hybrid event, with online and in person attendance options. Please register your interest by emailing Antony Eagle at the link below.


Antony Eagle (2021), ‘Relativity and the A-theory’, in Eleanor Knox and Alastair Wilson, eds., The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Physics: 86–98. Routledge.