Causality Study Fortnight


8-19 September 2008
CGU4, Gulbenkian Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
(J10 on this map)




The Causality Study Fortnight has three components:

8-9 September: Introductory lectures

Background to the latest work on causality, at a level suited to graduate students, postdocs and academics:

philosophy of causality (Julian Reiss) slides1, slides2
causal modelling in the sciences (Kevin Korb) slides
causal decision theory (James Joyce) slides
causal cognition (David Lagnado) slides1, slides2

10-12 September: International conference: Causality and probability in the sciences (CAPITS 2008)

Causal inference is perhaps the most important form of reasoning in the sciences. Different disciplines, from epidemiology to biology, from econometrics to physics, make use of probability and statistics in order to infer causal relations. We aim to bring philosophers and scientists together to discuss the relation between causality and probability, and the applications of these concepts within the sciences.

In conjunction with the Conference, we plan to have an edited volume on Causality and Probability in the Sciences.

Invited speakers include: Nancy Cartwright, Damien Fennell, James Joyce, Kevin Korb, David Lagnado, Michel Mouchart, Stathis Psillos, Miklos Redei, Julian Reiss, Paolo Vineis

Slides: Casini, Claassens, Clarke, Drouet, Fennell, Glynn, Holmes, Kleinberg, Korb-Nyberg, Lagnado, Lemeire, Leuridan-Weber, Mckay-Williamson, Moneta, Mouchart-Russo, Psillos, Raidl, Redei, Romeijn-Williamson, Russo, Russo-Williamson, vanMiltenburg, Vineis, Zwier

15-19 September: Advanced research seminars

An in-depth exploration of emerging research on causality:

causality and the mind (Julia Tanney)
causality in the history of philosophy (Ken Westphal) Notes
levels of causality and the interpretation of probability (Federica Russo) Seminar1, Seminar2, Bhrolchain-Dyson
machine learning and causality (David Corfield & Alex Freitas)
mechanisms and causality (Phyllis McKay) Seminar1, Seminar2, Seminar3

Participants are encouraged to attend for the whole fortnight, but are very welcome to come for just one or two components.






Conference dinner: 7.30pm, 10 September, Posillipo, 16 The Borough, Canterbury, £25 per person, menu





There are many hotels and guest houses within easy reach of the University. Consult Tourist information or Around Canterbury for general tourist information.

Internet access: to get internet access at the university (wireless access is limited), apply at Computing Service Reception (the fee is 10 pounds). Visitors from UK universities may be able to connect via Janet roaming. There is also an internet cafe in Canterbury.



This conference is organised by Federica Russo and Jon Williamson as an activity of the Centre for Reasoning at the University of Kent. It is the third event in the Causality in the Sciences series of conferences.



We are very grateful to the The British Academy, the Mind Association, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, the Kent School of European Culture and Languages and the Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities for providing financial support.