Explaining without Causes
Non-causal Explanation in the Sciences, Mathematics and Philosophy


Cologne
6-7 December 2013

Main Building, Neuer Senatssaal



Program

Day 1 | Friday | December 6

9:15 Welcome

9:30 – 10:45 Marc Lange (University of North Carolina)

Aspects of Mathematical Explanation

11:00 – 12:15 Laura Felline (University of Louvain)

Mechanisms Meet Structural Explanation

12:15 – 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 – 15:00 Andreas Hüttemann (University of Cologne)

Part-whole Explanation

15:15 – 16:30 Mazviita Chirimuuta (University of Pittsburgh)

Efficient Coding Explanations in Neuroscience

16:45 – 18:00 Matteo Colombo (Tilburg University), Stephan Hartmann (LMU Munich) and Jan Sprenger (Tilburg University)

A Bayesian Account of Explanatory Reasoning

Day 2 | Saturday | December 7

9:30 – 10:45 Benjamin Schnieder (University of Hamburg)

Causes and Becauses

11:00 – 12:15 Siegfried Jaag (University of Luxembourg)

Do laws really explain their instances?

12:15 – 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 – 15:00 Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds)

Worthwhile distinctions: Kinematic, dynamic, (non-)causal

15:15 – 16:30 Alexander Reutlinger (University of Cologne / LMU Munich)

How To Make A Non-causal Difference

16:45 – 18:00 Brad Skow (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

A Strategy for Resisting Alleged Examples of Non-Causal Explanation



To register please contact Alexander Reutlinger:
Alexander.Reutlinger@lrz.uni-muenchen.de