Explanation, Causality and Unification

22 10 2011

Date: November 11th to November 12th, 2011

Place: Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Faculty of Philosophy,

Building: 23.21, Room:          00.46A

Organizers: Gerhard Schurz, Alexander Gebharter

Webpage: http://www.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/ecu/


The workshop is organized as part of the DFG (German Research Foundation)

research group FOR 1063 Causality, Laws and Explanation at the

<http://www.clde.uni-koeln.de/>  Interface of Science and Metaphysics.




Friday, 11th:


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


Saturday, 12th:


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    Stathis Psillos (Athens): Regularities All the Way Down


16.20-17.20    Jon Williamson (Kent): How Can Causal Explanations Explain?


17.30-18.30    Peter Spirtes (Pittsburgh): How to Interpret Cyclic Graphs Causally


Guests are welcome!

Persons interested in attending the workshop should register by e-mail, by

contacting Alexander Gebharter at gebharter@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de.


We would also like to announce that Prof. Dr. Kevin Kelly (Carnegie Mellon

University Pittsburgh) will, in connection with the workshop, present his

and Hanti Lin’s latest research results by giving an evening talk entitled


‘A Happy Marriage Between Propositional and Probabilistic Reasoning’

Quelle: DGPhil

Date: November 10th, 2011, 18:00 (with academic quarter)

Place: Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Faculty of Philosophy, Building

23.21, Lecture Hall (Hörsaal) 3F




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