[Next Workshop] Non-Causal Explanations: Logical, Linguistic and Philosophical Perspectives


Date: 9-10 May 2019

Organization: the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (Ghent University) and Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (Utrecht)

Workshop chairs: Federico Faroldi (Ghent), Johannes Korbmacher (Utrecht) & Erik Weber (Ghent).

Local organising team: Thijs De Coninck, Federico Faroldi, Karina Makhnev, Erik Weber & Dietlinde Wouters.


Many disciplines, from mathematics to metaphysics, employ non-causal explanations. But what is the logic (or the logics) of non-causal explanation? What are
the pros and cons of different logical approaches? Is the linguistic expression of non-causal explanation specifically codified in some natural language? Can algorithms pick up non-causal explanations in textual databases? The workshop welcomes formal and informal contributions both from within specific disciplines employing non-causal explanations and from a more general perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Is non-causal explanation hyperintensional?
  • Among the axioms governing the logical behaviour of non-causal explanation are there factivity, symmetry, associativity ones?
  • What is the relation between non-causal explanation and concepts in its vicinity (causal explanation, understanding, …)?
  • What is the relation between non-causal explanation in general and metaphysical grounding in particular? Can (one of) the logics of grounding be applied to non-causal explanation in general?
  • Are some explanations in the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, ….)  really non-causal?

Keynote speakers

Hannes Leitgeb (Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München)

Francesca Poggiolosi (Université de Paris 1 Panthèon-Sorbonne)

Erik Weber (Universiteit Gent)

Abstract submission

We welcome submissions on any topic that fits into the scope as described above. Send your abstract of 300 to 500 words to: lrr@ugent.be before 1 February 2019. Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2019.


Day 1 (Thursday 9 May))

Day 2 (Friday 10 May)



Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (KANTL), Koningstraat 18, Ghent, Belgium.


Registration is possible from 16 March 2019. The registration fee will be 50€. Coffee, lunches and the workshop dinner are included in this fee.

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