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Causation, Explanation, Conditionals (21-23 June 2017)


Idea and Motivation

The analysis of causation and explanation has served as a major motivation for investigating conditionals, developing conditional logics, Bayesian networks, ranking theory, Ramsey Tests, and possible worlds semantics. This analysis, consequently, has evolved into a very fruitful and proliferating research program employing various logical and probabilistic approaches. The overarching objective of this conference is to bring together people working on and with conditional analyses of causation and explanation.


The Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) invites the participants of CEC17 to join their retreat at the Evangelische Akademie. They provide us with the options to attend one or both of the following events on June 20.

  • At 17:00, Prof. Michael Wibral (Goethe University Frankfurt) talks on "Information Transfer and Causal Interactions — Conceptual Differences and Combined Analyses Strategies“.
  • At 19:00, Roland Poellinger (MCMP/LMU) provides an introductory tutorial on "Modeling Cause and Effect — Philosophical and Computational Aspects“.

The participants of CEC17 are most welcome to join those events accompanied by a dinner at the Ev. Akademie at 18:00. If you want to join for Prof. Wibral’s talk, please arrive around 16:30. The registration at the reception takes a few minutes and out of respect for Prof. Wibral and BCCN you should not enter the lecture hall late.


Day 1 (21 June 2017)

08:45 - 09:00 Opening Statement
Chair: Mario Günther
09:00 - 10:30 Joseph Halpern: Actual Causality: A Survey
Chair: Mario Günther
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15 William Penny: Dynamic Causal Modeling
Chair: Andreas Herz
12:15 - 13:00 Benjamin Eva & Reuben Stern: Causal Explanatory Power
Chair: Karolina Krzy┼╝anowska
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:15 Stefan Glasauer: On Causality. A Neuroscience Perspective
Chair: William Penny
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:30 Thomas Blanchard: Explanatory Levels and the Goldilocks Problem: Interventionism Gets Things Just Right
Chair: Franz Huber
16:30 - 17:15 Atoosa Kasirzadeh: Non-Causal and Mathematics-Based Explanations
Chair: Franz Huber
18:00 Dinner (Evangelische Akademie)

Day 2 (22 June 2017)

09:00 - 10:15 Wolfgang Spohn: The Transitivity of Causation
Chair: Katrin Schulz
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00 Franz Huber: The Modality Underlying Causality
Chair: Reuben Stern
12:00 - 12:45 Neil McDonnell: Causation’s Two Masters
Chair: Reuben Stern
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:15 Holger Andreas: Causation as Production
Chair: Stephan Hartmann
15:15 - 16:00 Toby Friend: A Nomological Analysis of Causation
Chair: Stephan Hartmann
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:45 Gerhard Schurz: The Theory of Causal Bayes Nets and Its Empirical Content
Chair: Wolfgang Spohn
18:30 Conference Dinner

Day 3 (23 June 2017)

09:00 - 10:15 Hans Rott: If Oswald had not killed Kennedy
Chair: Atoosa Kasirzadeh
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00 Karolina Krzy┼╝anowska: Odd Conditionals and the Limits of Pragmatic Explanations
Chair: Holger Andreas
12:00 - 12:45 Noah van Dongen, M. Sikorski & J. Sprenger: Causal Strength, Tendency Causal Claims, and Indicative Conditionals
Chair: Holger Andreas
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:15 Katrin Schulz: An Interventionist Approach to Conditionals: Some Linguistic Applications
Chair: Hans Rott
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:00 Stephan Hartmann: Bayesian Argumentation
Chair: Mario Günther
17:00 - 17:15 Final Words
Chair: Mario Günther


The conference is generously supported by the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN), the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP).

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