PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Symposium: Causation, intervention and the flow of information

Friday, 4 November 2016
09:00 - 11:45

Piedmont 2 (12th Floor)

Chair: Karola Stotz, Macquarie University

The interventionist approach to causation aims to address some of the concerns that practicing scientists have about the identification of causes. This requires interventionism to go beyond identifying causes simpliciter and construct apparatus for assessing – or at least defining - differing degrees of causal influence. In both philosophy of science and complex systems theory interventionist approaches to causation have been fused with information-theoretic analyses of network structure to describe the flow of causal influence in networks. As a result we now have a range of complementary formal approaches to measuring the degree of causal influence of one variable in another in a causal network. The aim of this symposium is to explore the connections between this scientific work and interventionist approaches to causation in philosophy, and to argue for a closer integration between the two.

Tracking the Evolution of Causal Control
Brett Calcott, University of Sydney,
The Causal and Information Architecture of Biological Networks
Sara Walker, Arizona State University,
Hyunju Kim, Arizona State University,
Causation, Information and Specificity
Brad Weslake, NYU Shanghai,
Intervention and the flow of information
Paul Griffiths, University of Sydney,
Arnaud Pocheville, University of Sydney,


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