Coincidence Analysis

Causation vs. constitution: loosening the friction

This conference brought together scholars working on the conceptual and methodological interplay between causal and constitutional dependencies, with the aim of making progress in resolving the apparent tension between these two modes of explanation, discovery, and modeling. See link to abstracts, below the schedule, to have a look what took place.

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Mon 3 Dec 
9:00-10:00Bert Leuridan (University of Antwerp) - 'Constitution versus causation - what after the Redux?'
10:00-10:20coffee break

Maria Serban (Technische Universität Berlin) - 'Reconstruction (not interlevel) experiments'

11:20-12:20Peter Fazekas (University of Antwerp and AarhusUniversity) - 'Fat hands are not that fat in a flat world: Constitution and mutual manipulability in flat mechanisms'
12:20-14:00lunch break
14:00-15:00Markus Eronen (University of Groningen) - 'Discovering constitutive relevance through interventions: Obstacles and challenges'
15:00-15:20coffee break
15:20-16:20Beate Krickel (Ruhr University Bochum) - 'Mechanistic constitution - How many relations?'
16:20-17:20Daniel Malinsky (Johns Hopkins University) - 'Learning about changes to causal structure'
Tue 4 Dec 
9:00-10:00Alexander Gebharter (University of Groningen) and Jens Harbecke (Witten/Herdecke University) - 'Constitutive relevance discovery without interventions: Boole meets Bayes'
10:00-10:20coffee break
10:20-11:20Mark Couch (Seton Hall University) - 'How to model determination relations with INUS conditions'
11:20-12:20Jiji Zhang (Lingnan University) - 'Structural equation models with both causation and constitution'
12:20-14:00lunch break
14:00-15:00Frederick Eberhardt (CalTech) - 'Causal macro variables'
15:00-15:20coffee break
15:20-16:20David Kinney (LSE) - 'Pragmatic causal feature learning'
16:20-17:20Alessio Moneta (Scuola Superiore Sant'anna) - 'Independent components and the causation-constitution distinction'



Organizers: Michael Baumgartner (Bergen), Lorenzo Casini (Geneva), Veli-Pekka Parkkinen (Bergen)