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James Woodward (University of Pittsburgh, History & Philosophy of Science Dpt, USA), Causation in Biology

13 July 2017 | 14 h 30 min - 16 h 00 min

James Woodward (Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh)

Causation in Biology


This talk will discuss some recent work on causation in biology from a broadly interventionist perspective. The basic idea of an interventionist account of causation is that causal relationships are relationships that are potentially exploitable for manipulation and control. I will use this general framework to discuss some issues having to do the modeling of causal relationships across different levels or scales, notions of causal specificity, and the role of a consideration that I call conditional independence which is closely related to the notion of causal proportionality discussed in the philosophical literature. A guiding theme throughout the talk will the importance of finding the right “level” or the right variables for framing causal hypotheses.


13 July 2017
14 h 30 min - 16 h 00 min
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Philosophy & Biology Seminar (Thomas Pradeu)


Bordeaux Pellegrin Hospital, Imagerie Service, 1st floor
Place Amélie Raba Léon
Bordeaux, 33076 France
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