Probabilistic Causality
July 21 - August 1, 2008



Application deadline for scholarship applications: 14 February, 2008
Application deadline for fee-paying applications: 30 May, 2008


Course Director: Miklos Redei, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Faculty: Damien Fennell, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Gabor Hofer-Szabo, King Sigismund College, Budapest, Hungary
Ferenc Huoranszki, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Laszlo E. Szabo, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
Richard E. Neapolitan, Northeastern Illinois University (see one of his videolectures)
Julian Reiss, Erasmus Univeristy

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.