- This event has passed.
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
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.
European Advanced School in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences: Dealing with Complexity in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences5 September - 9 September at Pôle juridique Pey Berland, Université de Bordeaux
John Dupré (Egenis, University of Exeter, UK), What are viruses? Parasites, processes, parts or all of the above?12 September | 17 h 30 min - 19 h 00 min at Odontology, Amphi B