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Zoom Talk: James Woodward (Pittsburgh)

Meeting-ID: 950 1039 5841

02.11.2022 16:00  – 18:00 

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The Worldly Infrastructure of Causation


This talk will describe an alternative to currently dominant philosophical approaches to the metaphysics of causation. It is motivated by the gap that currently exists between metaphysical accounts and recent epistemological research on causal reasoning and methods for discovering causal relationships. Our approach aims at characterizing structural features of the actual world that support, and are exploited by, successful strategies for causal reasoning and discovery. We call these features the ''worldly infrastructure’’ of causation. We identify several elements of this worldly infrastructure, sketch an account of their physical bases, and explain how they contribute to the possibility of successful causal reasoning. This is joint work with Naftali Weinberger and Porter Williams.