Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Putting Powers to Work

Putting Powers to Work
A Conference and Workshop on Causal Powers in Metaphysics
April 28-30, 2011
Saint Louis University

Description

This conference aims to build on the existing literature concerning
what causal powers (or dispositions or capacities) are by asking what
causal powers can do. Many contemporary metaphysicians think that
accepting irreducible causal powers enables one to give accounts of,
say, laws of nature, causation, and modality that are preferable to
other contemporary accounts. But is that right? What should those
accounts look like? Are there other areas in metaphysics-metaphysics
of mind and agency, or metaphysics of science-that can be accounted
for at least in part in terms of irreducible causal powers? In other
words, supposing for the sake of argument that you accepted
irreducible causal powers or dispositions, what good might they do for
us in metaphysics?

Speakers include:
Nancy Cartwright, Alexander Bird, Anjan Chakravartty,
John Heil, Max Kistler, Stephen Mumford, Timothy O'Connor, David Robb,
and Neil Williams. Funded by a grant from the John Templeton
Foundation and by the Department of Philosophy at Saint Louis
University.

Workshop Call for Papers

A workshop will follow the conference on the afternoon of April 30.
The workshop will be a roundtable discussion of papers on the theme
and questions of the conference. Presentations will be 20-30 minutes.
A committee may select papers from the workshop for inclusion in the
conference edited collection. We invite submissions for the workshop
program. Email an abstract to jonathandjacobs@gmail.com. If the
committee cannot reach a decision on the basis of the abstract, it may
ask for the full paper.

Deadline for submission is December 1, 2010.

For more information, see the conference website at
http://web.me.com/jonathandjacobs/Putting_Powers_to_Work, or email
Jonathan D. Jacobs at jonathandjacobs@gmail.com. Registration is free.
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