Powers, Causes and Laws

May 20, 2024 - May 21, 2024
Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki

Room F3004.
University of Helsinki: Main building

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The notions of ‘power’, ‘cause’ and ‘law’ are central to many metaphysical accounts. Engaging with both historical and contemporary material, this workshop examines a variety of issues concerning these key concepts, such as how they relate to modality, essence, tropes, time and consciousness.


Hedda Hassel Mørch (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)

Jani Hakkarainen (University of Tampere)

John Heil (Washington University in St. Louis; Durham University)

Markku Keinänen (University of Tampere)

Paavo Pylkkänen (University of Helsinki)

Peter Myrdal (University of Oulu)

Sanna Mattila (University of Helsinki)

Valdi Ingthorsson (University of Helsinki)


There is no fee, but due to space limitations registration is required.


Alex Carruth, University of Helsinki

Valtteri Arstila, University of Turku


The event is sponsored by the Research Council of Finland profiling action: Profi5 Mind and Matter.

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May 10, 2024, 4:00pm EET

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