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, Stef Frijters, Kristian Gonzalez Barman, 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?
Hannes Leitgeb (Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München)
Francesca Poggiolesi (Université de Paris 1 Panthèon-Sorbonne)
Erik Weber (Universiteit Gent)
We welcome submissions on any topic that fits into the scope as described above. Send your abstract of 300 to 500 words to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 1 February 2019. Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2019.
Day 1 (Thursday 9 May))
09.30-10.40 Hannes Leitgeb (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), HYPE and Possible States Semantics.
10.40-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-11.45 Dingmar van Eck (Ghent University), Design Explanation through Mechanist idealisation.
11.45-12.30 Lukáš Zámečník (Palacký University in Olomouc), Functional Linguistic Explanations..
12.30-13.30 Lunch Break
13.30-14.15 Fabio Sterpetti (Sapienza University of Rome), Non-Causal Explanations of Natural Phenomena and Naturalism.
14.15-15.00 Erlantz Etxeberria Altuna (University of Western Ontario), When Causal and Non-Causal Explanations Compete against Each Other .
15.00-15.30 Coffee Break
15.30-16.15 Elanor Taylor (John Hopkins University), Backing without Realism
16.15-17.00 Silvia Bianchi (Universty School of Advanced Studies Pavia), Metaphysical Explanation in Scientific Weak Structuralism (WS): a Non-Foundationalist
Conception of Grounding
19:00 Workshop diner at Salons Carlos Quinto, Kammerstraat 20, Gent.
Day 2 (Friday 10 May)
10.00-11.10 Erik Weber (Ghent University), Against ‘Distinctively Mathematical’ Explanations of Physical Facts.
10.10-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-12.15 Jon Erling Litland (University of Texas at Austin), Real Definition, Opacity, and Ground.
12.15-13.00 Joachim Frans (Free University of Brussels – VUB), Mathematical Explanation and Mathematical Concepts.
13.00-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-14.45 Joke Meheus (Ghent University), “Because Ann melted, she did not put the butter in the fridge”. What the logical study of Dutch causal connectives can
teach for the study of non-causal explanation.
14.45-15.30 Atoosa Kasirzadeh (University of Toronto), Can Mathematics Really Make a Difference?
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-17.10 Francesca Poggiolesi (Université de Paris 1 Panthèon-Sorbonne), When Grounding Meets Proof-Theory.
17:30 Drinks at a local pub
Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (KANTL), Koningstraat 18, Ghent, Belgium.
Registration is possible by sending an email to KristianCampbell.GonzalezBarman@ugent.be. The registration fee is 50€ and has to be paid in cash at the registration desk. Coffee, lunches and the workshop dinner are included in this fee.
Book of abstracts