quarta-feira, 11 de julho de 2012

Causation and Laws in the Special Sciences: Metaphysical Foundations

GAP 8 Satellite Workshop

Constance, Friday, 21st - Saturday, 22nd September 2012
[ subsequent to the GAP 8 Conference 17th - 20th of September ];

Organized byMarkus Schrenk and Alexander Reutlinger for the
DFG Research Group Causation | Laws | Dispositions | Explanation;
in collaboration with GAP, the Society for Analytic Philosophy in Germany

Program (For Abstracts please see our website)

Friday, 21st September 
09.15 - 09.30 Arrival
09.30 - 10.45 Benedikt Kahmen (University of Aachen), Causal Explanations of Action
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee
11.15 - 12.30 Alyssa Ney (University of Rochester), Fundamental and Derivative Causation
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.15 Gerhard Müller-Strahl (University of Münster), Explaining Organismic Phenomena in Scientifically Based Medicine
15.15 - 15.45 Coffee
15.45 - 17.00 Markus Schrenk (University of Cologne), Better Best Systems and the Issue of cp-Laws in the Special Sciences
17.00 - 17.30 Coffee
17.30 - 18.45 Huw Price (University of Cambridge), Retrocausality - what would it take?

Saturday, 22nd September
09.30 - 10.45 Andreas Hüttemann (University of Cologne), Why Laws (or Dispositions) are More Basic than Causal Structure
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee
11.15 - 12.30 Jenann Ismael (University of Arizona), Why Causal Structure is More Basic than Global Laws
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.15 Sandra Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh), Biological laws: contingency and stability

[Room TBA]

Registration is kindly requested. Please note that we have only a limited number of places. Please 
send an email to markus.schrenk@uni-koeln.de by Sunday, 26th August 2012.

For Abstracts, Further Info on Our Research Group, & GAP:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact

Workshop Abstract: In recent debates in metaphysics of science, a considerable amount of work has been dedicated to  causation and (ceteris paribus) laws in the higher-level or special sciences including the life sciences  and the social sciences. Assuming some kind of minimal physicalist attitude (such as, at least, non- reductive physicalism), a question arises for accounts of causation and laws in those sciences: how can one explain that there are causal and nomic facts on the higher-level in a world that is ultimately described by fundamental physics? To put it in even more tendentious words: how do these causal and nomic facts emerge from the physical world? The goal of this workshop is to explore the metaphysics of causation and laws in the special sciences that is able to answer the above-mentioned challenges.

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