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LMU Workshop "Concrete Causation" (July 9, 2010)


Speakers (Click on the post-it icon to access further information):

  • 9.00: C. Ulises Moulines (Munich)
    Welcome Address; download as PDF022
  • 9.15: Roland Poellinger (Munich)
    Graphs as Models of Interventions 042
    Chair: C. Ulises Moulines
  • 10.05: Jan-Willem Romeijn (Groningen)
    Modelling Experimental Interventions: Results and Challenges 042
    Chair: Roland Poellinger
  • 11.25: Mathias Frisch (University of Maryland)
    Causation in Physics 042
    Chair: Roland Poellinger
  • 13.20: Michael Baumgartner (Konstanz)
    The Causal Chain Problem 042
    Chair: Godehard Link
  • 14.40: Charlotte Werndl (Oxford)
    Causality and Observational Equivalence of Deterministic and Indeterministic Descriptions 042
    Chair: Godehard Link
  • 16.00: Wolfgang Spohn (Konstanz)
    A Ranking-theoretic Account of Deterministic Causation 042
    with final discussion
    Chair: Godehard Link


In his study of causation J. L. Mackie once referred back to David Hume, who listed causation among one of the principles that are TO US THE CEMENT OF THE UNIVERSE and thus OF VAST CONSEQUENCE IN THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN NATURE (David Hume, AN ABSTRACT OF A “TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE”). Yet for example the early endeavours of the developers of the Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) framework, which aimed at embedding causal meaning into the formal treatment, seem to be neglected, and David Lewis' counterfactual analysis of causation based on his possible worlds semantics does not come very handy for application. As Judea Pearl summarises: WE ARE WITNESSING ONE OF THE MOST BIZARRE CIRCLES IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE: CAUSALITY IN SEARCH OF A LANGUAGE AND, SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE LANGUAGE OF CAUSALITY IN SEARCH OF ITS MEANING (Judea Pearl, CAUSALITY, 2000). Borrowing mathematical rigour from statistics, one of the most prominent areas of causal modelling today sounds out the interaction of probabilistic and deterministic approaches and is centred around Bayesian Networks, through which causal notions can be identified concretely and utilized for various disciplines eventually.

Info for LMU Students: Winter Semester 2010/11

The workshop "Concrete Causation" will be followed by a Proseminar "Modeling Causal Relations" (in English language) in the winter semester 2010/11. For more information about enrollment and the topics of the course click here.

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LMU Munich, Main Building Seminar for Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Science Conference Room, M210 (MKE), Main Building Conference Hotel (Lettl)
Dinner Venue Munich Central Station City Center: Marienplatz (Trains U3, U6, and S-Bahn)

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