Course date

21 July - 1 August, 2008
Application deadline
15 February, 2008
Course Director(s): 

Miklos Redei

Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Methods, London School of Economics, UK
Course Faculty: 

Damien Fennell

London School of Economics, Philosophy department, UK

Gabor Hofer-Szabo

King Sigismund College, Budapest, Hungary

Ferenc Huoranszki

Department of Philosophy, Central European University

Richard Neapolitan

Northeastern Illinois University, Computer Science, Chicago, United States of America

Julian Reiss

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Philosophy department, Netherlands

Laszlo E. Szabo

Eotvos Lorand University, Philosophy department, Budapest, Hungary
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 time.

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 school.