Hempel and Beyond

 

 

University of Cologne
Hauptgebäude, Alter Senatssaal
18-19 September 2015

The workshop “Hempel and Beyond” (Cologne; September 18-19, 2015), organized by the DFG-research group „Causation, Laws, Dispositions, Explanation“ commemorates Carl Gustav Hempel’s 1965 collection of essays Aspects of Scientific Explanation and Other Essays in the Philosophy of Science.


Keynote speaker:

  • Nancy Cartwright (Durham University)
  • Sandra Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Marc Lange (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Oliver Scholz (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
  • Michael Strevens (New York University)
  • James Woodward (University of Pittsburgh)

Program

Friday 18th September
9:30 – 10:35 James Woodward Flagpoles, Anyone? Independence, Invariance and the Direction of Causation
10:35 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 11:55 Beate Krickel Grounding Constitutive Mechanistic Explanation
11:55 – 12:05 Coffee break
12:05 – 13:10 Carsten Held What is a Ceteris Paribus Law?
13:10 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 15:35 Michael Strevens Physicalism and the Disunity of Science: From Monolith to Mandala
15:35 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 16:50 Erica Shumener Hempel, Explanation, and Circularity
16:50 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:05 Nancy Cartwright Causation in the material mode… or why empiricists can believe in causes
19:00 Conference Dinner

 

Saturday 19th September
9:30 – 10:35 Oliver Scholz Right, Almost – Hempel on Explanations and Laws in History and the Social Sciences
10:35 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 11:55 Lena Kästner Patterns and Interlevel Explanations
11:55 – 12:05 Coffee break
12:05 – 13:10 Peter Brössel On the Role of Explanatory and Systematic Power in Scientific Reasoning
13:10 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 15:35 Sandra Mitchell Perspectives, Representation and Integration
15:35 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 16:50 Toby Friend A neo-Hempelian model for causal analysis
16:50 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:05 Marc Lange Putting Explanation Back Into ‚Inference to the Best Explanation‘

 

Call for Papers (Closed)

Everybody is kindly invited to participate. If you would like to come please send a short notice to f.fischer@uni-koeln.de.