[MaFLa] Probabilistic Causality, CEU Summer University

Laszlo E. Szabo leszabo at phil.elte.hu
Tue Jan 15 12:08:20 CET 2008

Probabilistic Causality, CEU Summer University in Budapest
July 21 - August 1, 2008

Web site: http://www.sun.ceu.hu/causality

Application deadline for scholarship applications: 14 February,2008
Application deadline for fee-paying applications: 30 May,2008

Course Director: 
Miklos Redei, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method,
London School of Economics

Nancy Cartwright, London School of Economics and Political Science
Damian Fennell, London School of Economics and Political Science
Gabor Hofer-Szabo, King Sigismund College, Budapest
Ferenc Huoranszki, Central European University, Budapest
Laszlo E. Szabo, Eötvös University, Budapest
Richard E. Neapolitan, Northeastern Illinois University

Course Coordinator: Balazs Gyenis, University of Pittsburgh

The aim of the summer school is to teach and discuss current results
and recent trends in probabilistic causation. Probabilistic causality
emerged during the second half of the 20th century as a truly
interdisciplinary field, involving concepts and methods of philosophy
(metaphysics and philosophy of science), classical and non-classical
probability theory and the special sciences, especially physics and
economics. A recent outgrowth of the theory is Bayes nets, investigated
not only in philosophy of science but also in computer science and
utilized in causal modeling. After a review of the basic notions and
classical results on probabilistic causation the course focuses on
discussing problems that are open and debated in the literature at this

The course intends to bring together advanced graduate students and
young researchers from different disciplines (philosophy, physics,
economics and computer science) and provides an opportunity for
cross-disciplinary discussion. Such discussions will be facilitated by
organizing sessions of short presentations by participants; in the
short talks participants can formulate their research topics and
solicit comments by faculty and other participants during the summer

L a s z l o   E.   S z a b o
Department of Logic, Institute of Philosophy
Faculty of Humanities, Eotvos University, Budapest

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