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Causal Republicanism
Sydney, 14-16 July 2003




 

Conference Themes

All philosophers, of every school, imagine that causation is one of the fundamental axioms or postulates of science, yet, oddly enough, in advanced sciences such as gravitational astronomy, the word 'cause' never occurs ... The law of causality, I believe, like much that passes muster among philosophers, is a relic of a bygone age, surviving, like the monarchy, only because it is erroneously supposed to do no harm.
--Bertrand Russell, "On the Notion of Cause", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 13 (1913), pp. 1-26.

To mark the 90th anniversary of Russell's famous attack on the notion of causation, this conference reconsiders Russell's claim and examines its relation to contemporary metaphysics. The conference has three main themes:

  • Russell's claim itself -- the view that modern physics provides no place for causation (with special reference to its asymmetry and temporal aspects)

  • The connections between Russell's view and uses of causation elsewhere in philosophy, e.g. in reductive metaphysics or theories of content.

  • More general issues concerning the status of causation in general metaphysical programs such as David Lewis's or the Canberra Plan.


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Conference Timetable

Monday 14 July

9:30 - 11:00

Huw Price
Russell's Lost Republic

Morning Tea

11:30 - 1:00

Peter Menzies
Causation in Context

Lunch

2:00 - 3:30

Chris Hitchcock
What Russell Got Right

Afternoon Tea

3:50 - 5:15

Daniel Nolan
Hunting for Circles in a Realist's World

Tuesday 15 July

9:30 - 11:00

Mathias Frisch
Causal Influence and the Past Hypothesis

Morning Tea

11:30 - 1:00

Helen Beebee
Hume On Causation: Causal Experience, Projectivism, and Sceptical Realism

Lunch

2:30 - 4:00

David Spurrett
Three Concepts of Causation

Afternoon Tea

4:30 - 6:00

Richard Corry
Causal Realism and the Laws of Nature

Wednesday 16 July

9:30 - 11:00

Doug Kutach
The Illusion of Causal Asymmetry

Morning Tea

11:30 - 1:00

Adam Elga
Counterfactuals for Decision

Lunch

2:30 - 4:00

Phil Dowe
Causal Loops and Free Will

Afternoon Tea

4:30 - 6:00

Antony Eagle
Russell, Probabilistic Causation and Bayesian Networks



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Location

The conference will be held at the historic Tusculum Mansion, 3 Manning St, Potts Point.

Tusculum is marked number six on the map that can be found here.

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Registration

Registration for the conference is $100 ($45 students/unwaged) if received before 4 July 2003. Registration after this date will cost an additional $20.

Registration forms can be found here.

Registration at the conference will begin at 8:45 am on Monday 14th and 9:15 am on the following two days.

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Accommodation

There is plenty of accomodation in Potts Point and Kings Cross, within walking distance of the conference and Kings Cross station. Listed below are some options. For those on a very tight budget, there are also numerous back-packer's hostels on Victoria Street.


Budget

Challis Lodge
21 Challis Avenue
Potts Point


$50 per night for a single room with shared bathroom
$60 per night for a double room with shared bathroom
$60 per night for a single room with ensuite
$70 per night for a double or twin with ensuite

Phone: 

+61 2 9358 5422

Fax:

+61 2 8356 9047

Email:

challis@budgethotelssydney.com

Web:

www.budgethotelssydney.com


Stay seven nights for the price of five!
 


Holiday Lodge Hotel
55 Macleay St
Potts Point  

$55-$82 per night for a single room
$60-$95 per night for a double room
$110-$135 per night for a family room

Phone: 

+61 2 935 63955

Fax:

+61 2 9356 3485

Web:

www.holidaylodgehotel.com.au




Upmarket

Victoria Court Hotel
122 Victoria st
Potts point

$99 per night (includes breakfast)

Phone: 

+61 2 9357 3200

Fax:

+61 2 9357 7606

Web:

http://www.victoriacourt.com.au


Mention this conference and you'll get the discount price listed above. Book early as rooms are limited.

W Hotel
The Wharf at Woolloomooloo


$244-$395 per night


Phone: 

+61 2 9331 9000

Web:

W Hotel



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Transport

The best way to get around downtown Sydney is on foot or via public transport. The conference venue and the accomodation listed on this site are all within a 5-10 minute walk from Kings Cross railway station.
 
From the Airport
You can catch a train from the Airport to Kings Cross station, though you will need to change trains at Central station. The train fare from the Airport is $10. A taxi from the Airport to Potts Point costs about $28. There are also regular shuttle buses from the airport to accomodation in Potts Point. "Kingsford Smith Airport Bus Service" runs one such service, which costs around $8 per person and departs from outside the arrival hall every half hour. There is no need to make a booking.
 
Parking
Streetside parking is very limited in this area. Listed below are some commercial parking lots within 5-10 minutes walk from the conference venue. Parking charges are around $13 per day.
 
Kings Cross Car Park Pty Ltd
Ward Ave Kings Cross NSW 2011
ph: (02) 9358 5000
 
Bayswater Parking Station
33 Bayswater Rd Kings Cross NSW 2011
ph: (02) 9357 7343
 
Enacon Parking
Cathedral St Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
ph: (02) 9380 8850
 

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Causal Inference

The Joint International Conference on Cognitive Science will be holding a special symposium on causal inference in Sydney on the 17th July 2003 (the day following Causal Republicanism). Details can be found here.


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Enquiries

Please direct all enquiries to Richard Corry at the following email address: richard.corry@philosophy.usyd.edu.au


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