[FOM] Conference: Mechanisms and causality in the sciences

Jon Williamson j.williamson at kent.ac.uk
Mon Jan 26 04:38:41 EST 2009

Mechanisms and Causality in the Sciences

9-11 September 2009
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK


Scientific explanation of some phenomenon often proceeds by elucidating the
mechanism resposible for the phenomenon. But what is a mechanism, precisely?
Does the notion of mechanism vary across the sciences? Causal relationships
are also often invoked to explain; how do causal explanations relate to
mechanistic explanations? More fundamentally, how do mechanisms relate to

The three-day conference Mechanisms and Causality in the Sciences will
explore these and related questions. We welcome submissions from scientists,
philosophers, statisticians and others on these themes. If you would like to
present a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract by 1st May. If
you would like your paper to be published in the accompanying volume, please
submit the full paper by 1st July.

Invited speakers include: Carl Craver, Stuart Glennan, Stephen Mumford, 
Stathis Psillos

all the best,
Jon Williamson
Philosophy, SECL, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NF, UK

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