EIPE Conference

Causality in the Biomedical and Social Sciences

Date: 6-8 October 2010

This year’s conference in the Causality in the Sciences (CitS) series focuses on the biomedical and social sciences (including psychology). Papers addressing issues concerning the epistemology, semantics and metaphysics of causality in these sciences will be presented by philosophers as well as scientists.

Particular topics represented at the conference include:

• Causality and evidence: new developments in methods of causal  inference, the role of computer simulations, experiments in the social sciences, hierarchies of  evidence, evidence-based medicine and social science.

• The notion of cause: monism vs pluralism, contextualism, causal modelling.

• The metaphysics of causation: mechanisms and activities, causality and  probability, causal powers, dispositions and capacities.

Keynote speakers
Bill Bechtel (University of California San Diego) Nancy Cartwright (London School of Economics and University of California San Diego) Kevin Hoover (Duke University) Harold Kincaid (University of Birmingham Alabama) Peter Menzies (Macquarie University). 


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Causality in the Sciences steering committee:
Phyllis McKay Illari  (University of Kent), Julian Reiss (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Federica Russo (University of Kent), Erik Weber (Ghent University) and Jon Williamson (University of Kent)

Local organising committee:
Ticia Herold, Deren Olgun, Julian Reiss and  Jack Vromen (all EUR) 



Almost all presentations of this conference are published online: 


Additional Information

About EIPE

  I attended a symposium at EIPE in June 2010 on philosophical work closely related to my own efforts. The conference facilitated the presentation of some cutting-edge research in the philosophy of justice particularly related to the social sciences and economics. Both in terms of the range of subjects covered and the quality of the papers presented, as well as the vigourous and productive nature of the discussions that followed the presentation of the papers, the symposium was a spectacular success.
Amartya Sen
Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University