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Ernst Mach Workshop IX 2020: Non-causal explanation in physics

Sept. 17–18, 2020
Institute of Philosophy, Jilska 1, Prague, Czech Republic

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Programme and Abstracts

Invited speakers

Sorin Bangu (Bergen)
Lina Jansson (Nottingham)
Juha Saatsi (Leeds)
Lukáš Zámečník (Olomouc)

PROGRAMME

Time zone: CEST (UTC + 2)

DAY 1 (Thursday, September 17, 2020)

13:30 – 14:50        Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds)
A functional “understanding-first“ approach to non-causal explanations

15:00 – 15:50        Martin King (University of Bonn)
Explanations with (and of) the Higgs Mechanism

16:10 – 17:30        Lina Jansson (University of Nottingham)
Counterfactuals and explanatory directionality

17:40 – 18:30        Joaquim Giannotti & Silvia Bianchi (University of Glasgow, Institute for Advanced Study IUSS Pavia)
Grounding Ontic Structural Realism and Metaphysical Explanation

DAY 2 (Friday, September 18, 2020)

13:30 – 14:50        Lukáš Zámečník (Palacky University in Olomouc)
Are distinctively mathematical explanations ad hoc explanations?

15:00 – 15:50        Antonio Vassallo (Warsaw University of Technology)
Hybrid Explanations in General Relativity and Quantum Gravity

16:10 – 17:30        Sorin Bangu (University of Bergen)
Formalist explanations in physics

17:40 – 18:30        Nicholas Danne (University of South Carolina)
Mathematical Realism, Program Explanation, and Seeing Red