Workshop: Extending Causal Models (7-8 September 2020)
Idea & Motivation
Causal models have emerged as a systematic framework for formally representing causal relations. This framework has taken up a central role in both the scientific as well as the philosophical study of causation and its many related notions. This two-day conference will bring together experts on causal modeling who are exploring ways to extend standard causal models as they were first introduced, with an aim to gaining a better understanding of the technical and philosophical challenges involved in such generalizations.
In particular, we aim to create a conversation between two communities who have thus far worked in relative isolation:
On the one hand, there is a substantial research community in Artificial Intelligence that has continued developing the causal modeling framework. A recent trend within these developments has been to study non-standard properties or applications of causal models, such as extending causal models with logical relations, comparing causal models that represent the world at different levels of abstraction, using causal models to compactly represent dynamical systems, and many more.
On the other hand, over the past years philosophers have increasingly been using causal models in order to clarify and solve longstanding debates on a range of crucial issues, e.g., mental causation in a physical universe, supervenience and levels in science, metaphysical grounding, moral responsibility and alternative possibilities, theories of consciousness, etc. The common thread to both of these projects is that they both require one to apply causal models beyond their original domain of applications, in ways that often require models with both causal and non-causal relationships.
This conference will bring together both communities in order to develop a more systematic understanding of the challenges to extending causal models. In addition to talks by our invited speakers, there will be room for contributed talks. For more information, visit the conference website: bit.ly/extendingcausalmodels
- Frederick Eberhardt (Caltech)
- Mathias Frisch (Hannover)
- Christopher Hitchcock (Caltech)
- Joris Mooij (Amsterdam)
- Katrin Schulz (Amsterdam)
- James Woodward (Pittsburgh)
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