Models of Explanation

June 11, 2018 - June 13, 2018
Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC), Università degli Studi di Torino


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Keynote speakers:

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Nottingham University
University of California, Berkeley
New York University


University of Sydney
Università degli Studi di Torino
University of Sydney
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
University of Turin

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Science is there to explain the world, to render it intelligible. But what does count for a scientific explanation of an observed phenomenon? How should one quantify explanatory power? What is the role of explanation in reasoning? Philosophers and scientists have given various answers: subsumption under general laws (the D-N model), unificatory value, identifying causally productive processes, statistical relevance, cognitive salience, and so on. The 11th MuST (Munich-Sydney-Tilburg/Turin) conference investigates the scope of different models of explanation, fosters a dialogue between them and evaluates their role in scientific reasoning in general. Philosophers and scientists alike are invited to contribute to this event and to submit a paper until 1 March 2018.

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June 1, 2018, 11:30pm CET

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