Causation and the Physical World
- DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
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Aims and Scope
The place of causation in the physical world is hotly debated. We think of causation as a time-asymmetric dependence relation between relatively localized events. But many of our best physical theories describe the world in terms of dynamical laws that are (perhaps with minor exceptions) time-symmetric and relate very global events. A central problem in the metaphysics of causation, therefore, is how to reconcile the importance of causation for everyday life and the special sciences with how our best physics describes the world.
This workshop aims to clarify the nature of causation and its relation to fundamental physics: How are causes connected to their effects? Is causation an objective feature of reality? What accounts for its time-asymmetry? Can causation be grounded in fundamental physics (perhaps with the help of lawful constraints on the boundary conditions)? And how does causation relate to agency, explanation, counterfactuals, and the direction of time?
All participants are welcome, but please send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1st to let us know you are coming.
We will be able to offer a restricted number of travel grants (up to 250 Euros each). PhD students and advanced M.A. students are encouraged to apply for these grants by submitting a short letter of motivation (200 words) and a short CV. Please send the applications to email@example.com.
June 1, 2016, 7:45pm CET
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