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Theories of causation: mental causation, negative causation, and other challenges

Description: This workshop brings together representatives of different theories of causation to discuss challenges such as mental and negative causation. Some theories of causation (e.g., process theories) seem to render mental causation impossible, while several authors have recently argued that other theories (e.g., interventionist theories) allow or even support mental causation. Another challenge is negative causation: Some theories of causation seem to be unable to handle causal relevance of absences very well, while others—at least in principle—allow for negative causation. This workshop is intended to discuss whether the ability to account for mental and/or negative causation should be seen as a merit or a disadvantage of theories of causation and whether and to what extent theories of causation can be used for providing support for or against the claim that mental and/or negative causation exists. Other challenges for theories of causation (e.g., from biology, history, quantum mechanics, etc.) are also welcome.

Date: 6-7 July 2017

Place: Haus der Universitaet, room BSR 2, second floor

Organizer/s: Alexander Gebharter, David Hommen, Gerhard Schurz

Funding: The workshop is organized as part of the DFG (German Research Foundation) research group FOR 1063: Causation, Laws, Dispositions, and Explanation at the Interface of Science and Metaphysics. Attendance is free and open to all. If you plan to attend, please contact us at alexander.gebharter(at)phil.hhu.de

Speakers

  • Randolph Clarke
  • Markus Eronen
  • Peter Fazekas 
  • Alexander Gebharter
  • Vera Hoffmann-Kolss
  • David Hommen
  • Andreas Hüttemann
  • Beate Krickel
  • Stathis Psillos & Nikos Bisketzis
  • Gerhard Schurz

 

 

Schedule

Day 1 - July 6

10:00 – 11:00

Talk 1

Gerhard Schurz: The Theory of Causal Bayes Nets and Its Empirical Content

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

 

 

 

 

11:15 – 12:15

Talk 2

Vera Hoffmann-Kolss: Three Kinds of Causal Indeterminacy

 

 

 

12:15 – 14:15

Lunch break

 

 

 

 

14:15 – 15:15

Talk 3

Markus Eronen: Interventionism and the Challenge of Psychological Causation

15:15 – 15:30

Coffee break

 

 

 

 

15:30 – 16:30

Talk 4

Alexander Gebharter: Causal exclusion and causal Bayes nets

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee break

 

 

 

 

16:45 – 17:45

Talk 5

Beate Krickel: Rejecting Two Objections Against Interlevel Causation in Mechanisms: Part-Whole Causation and the Exclusion Argument

 

 

 

19:30

 Conference dinner

Address:

Hausbrauerei "Zum Schlüssel"

Bolkerstraße 41-47

40213 Düsseldorf-Altstadt

 

Day 2 – July 7

10:00 – 11:00

Talk 6

Andreas Hüttemann: Process Theories and the Problem of Preemption

11.00 – 11:15

Coffee break

 

 

 

 

11:15 – 12:15

Talk 7

Peter Fazekas: A Dynamical Systems Approach to Causation

 

 

 

12:15 – 14:15

Lunch break

 

 

 

 

14:15 – 15:15

Talk 8

David Hommen: Moore and Schaffer on the Ontology of Omissions

15:15 – 15:30

Coffee break

 

 

 

 

15:30 – 16:30

Talk 9

Randolph Clarke: Omissions, Causation, and Absence

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee break

 

16:45 – 17:45

Talk 10

Stathis Psillos & Nikos Bisketzis: Omissions, enablers and causation

 

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