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Ernst Mach Workshop XI 2023: Causation – Structure, Models and Realism

May 23-24, 2023

Academic Conference Center, Husova 4a, Prague, Czechia (map)

This year workshop will concentrate on the topic of causation. Our main speakers are Carl Craver (Washington University) and Stuart Glennan (Butler University).

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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

9:30 – 10:50 Carl Craver (Washington University in St. Louis) A Novel Argument for Causal Realism

10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 11:50 Mahdi Khalili (University of Graz & IPM Tehran) Causal dependence of empirical evidence on real entities

11:50 – 12:30 Jon Bebb (University of Manchester) Defending Non-Natural Intuitions About Causation: Why it’s Not Wrong to make Causal Judgements Based on Norms

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 14:40 Yuval Abrams (New York University) Positive Causes All the Way Down: The Role of Physical Causes and Mechanisms in Handling Schaffer Disconnection Cases 

14:40 – 15:20 Marcin Miłkowski (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Warsaw) Identity of Computational Mechanisms

15:20 – 15:40 Coffee break

15:40 – 16:20 Martin Zach (Institute of Philosophy, Prague) What immunology tells us about the nature of mechanistic modelling

16:20 – 17:00 Marcin Rabiza (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Warsaw) Towards a Mechanistic Account of Deep Learning Explanations

18:00 – ?          Banquet

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

9:30 – 10:50 Stuart Glennan (Butler University) Mapping the World’s Causal Structure

10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 11:50 Tudor M. Baetu (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières) On the Possibility of Knowledge of Singular Causation

11:50 – 12:30 Elena Popa (Jaggielonian University, Cracow) Causal Structure, Values, and Variable Choice: Insights from Pragmatism and Feminist Epistemology

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 14:40 Aviezer Tucker (Harvard University) Historical Causation and Origination

14:40 – 15:20 David Černín (University of Ostrava) Causal Explanation in Historiography and its Disparate Forms

There is no registration fee for the workshop. The event is sponsored by the Strategy AV 21 program of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Local organizing team: Juraj Hvorecky, Tomas Marvan, Tomas Hribek and Martin Zach