Philosophy Colloquium
Mathias Frisch
UMD
Causal Reasoning in Physics

Many contemporary philosophers of physics (and philosophers of science more generally) follow Bertrand Russell in arguing that there is no room for causal notions in physics. Causation, as James Woodward has put it, has a ‘human face’, which makes causal notions sit ill with fundamental theories of physics. In this talk I examine some anti-causal arguments and show that the human face of causation is the face of scientific representations much more generally.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
3:30pm

SQH 1105