Causation and Reduction: From Metaphysics to the Sciences
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The theme of the conference is "Causation and Reduction: From Metaphysics to the Sciences." Questions of interest to the organizers include:
- Is the causal relation a primitive, fundamental part of the structure of the universe? Or can it be reduced or eliminated in favor of something else, such as counterfactual dependence?
- Is some principle of causality fundamental to scientific practice? If so, then what does the relevant principle look like? If not, then is causation relevant to science at all?
- Is causation just part of a folk theory of the world? If so, what does that folk theory look like? Does a folk theory of causation do any work in science?
- How can we know anything about causation? Are there formal or universal rules for causal reasoning?
- Is causation a relation? If so, what are its relata?
- Is the grounding relation different from the causal relation?
Keynote addresses on our conference theme will be given by John D. Norton and Michael Strevens. Other speakers will be chosen by blind review of submitted long-abstracts or papers.
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