Holger Andreas (UBC Okanagan) will be giving his talk on Friday November 13, 2015 in BUCH A202, at 3pm.
Analyzing Causation by the Ramsey Test
This is an attempt at an epistemic approach to causation, which is in the tradition of Hume and Kant. Our starting point is the Ramsey Test semantics of conditionals: a conditional A > B is believed to be true if and only if B is believed in the course of hypothetically assuming A. In the wake of work by Hans Rott, we shall develop a strengthened variant of the Ramsey Test: A >> B if and only if, after suspending any judgement as to whether A and B, B is believed in the course of hypothetically assuming A. Upon this strong conditional implication, we shall devise an analysis of (non-backward) causation between time-asymmetric events. This analysis explicitly addresses problems of overdetermination and pre-emption, and develops concise solutions to these problems.
This event is open to the public, faculty, staff and students.