Workshop: Explanation, Causality and Unification

Description:
Scientific explanations bear a close relation to two further concepts: causality (explanations provide causes) and unification (explanations subsume many events under a few principles). A third related concept is expectation (explanations make events expectable). One central question to be addressed at this workshop is whether these concepts stand in irresolvable conflict or whether there is an overarching account of explanation that does justice to all of them. Equally welcome are contributions to other issues in the philosophy of explanation, causality and unification, for example issues concerning conceptual questions of the explication of these concepts, or concerning problems and results that arise from their application to specific scientific disciplines.

Date: November 11-12, 2011

Place:  Faculty of Philosophy, Duesseldorf, Building: 23.21, Room: 00.46a 

Organizer/s: The workshop is organized as part of the DFG (German Research Foundation) research group FOR 1063 Causality, Laws and Explanation at the Interface of Science and Metaphysics.

Funding:


Schedule

November 11, 2011

09.00-10.00

Michael Baumgartner (Konstanz) The Causal Chain Problem

10.10-11.10

Andreas Hüttemann (Cologne) Causation and Modality

11.20-12.20

Matti Sintonen (Helsinki) Pluralism Rules, OK?

14.00-15.00

Gerhard Schurz (Düsseldorf) Causality as an Empirically Significant Theoretical Concept

15.10-16.10

Alexander Gebharter (Düsseldorf) Applications of Causality Theory: Mechanisms and Causal Cycles

16.20-17.20

Theo Kuipers (Groningen) Nomic Possibility as the Core Primitive Term for a Constructive Realist Explication of Laws and Causal Notions

17.30-18.30

Kevin Kelly (Pittsburgh) Simplicity and its Connection with Empirical Truth

November 12, 2011

09.00-10.00

Erik Weber (Ghent) The Role of Unification in Mechanistic Explanation of Laws

10.10-11.10

Victor Gijsbers (Leiden) Unification and Causation: Two Different Kinds of Understanding?

11.20-12.20

Margaret Morrison (Toronto) Beyond Reduction: Unification and Universal Physics

14.00-15.00

Henk de Regt  (Amsterdam) Causalism and Unificationism Reconciled

15.10-16.10

Lorenzo Casini (Kent) Causality in Computational Economics: An Inferentialist Proposal

16.20-17.20

Jon Williamson (Kent) How Can Causal Explanations Explain?

17.30-18.30

Stathis Psillos (Athens) Regularities All the Way Down

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