Causation and Decision Theory

Sydney :: 8-9 January 2009

This research workshop is being held in conjunction with visits by Helen Beebee and David Papineau. Other speakers will include Jossi Berkovitz, Rachael Briggs, Eric Cavalcanti, Alan Hájek, Jenann Ismael, Owen Maroney, Peter Menzies, Huw Price and Jonathan Schaffer.

The workshop is open to all, but advanced registration is essential (for catering purposes).  To register, send an email to Pete Evans with the subject line "Please register me for the Causation and Decision Theory Workshop" (to do this, click here). Enquiries to Pete Evans.


The conference will be held in the RAIA Auditorium at the historic Tusculum mansion, 3 Manning St, Potts Point. Tusculum is marked in the centre of this map.

Provisional timetable

Thursday 8 January

Friday 9 January

9:30 - 11:00

David Papineau (KCL)
The insignificance of interventions

9:30 - 11:00

Helen Beebee (Manchester)
Agent probabilities and freedom of the will

Morning Tea

Morning Tea

11:15 - 12:45

Rachael Briggs (MIT/Sydney)
Indicatives, Counterfactuals, Probability, and Truth

11:15 - 12:15

Jenann Ismael (Sydney/Arizona)
Freedom, interventionism, and determinism

12:15 - 1:15

Jossi Berkovitz (Toronto/Sydney)
Newcomb's Problem: A Dilemma for Bayesian Decision Makers



2:15 - 3:15

Jonathan Schaffer (ANU)
Cause without Default

3:15 - 4:15

Owen Maroney (Sydney)
Arrows and Agents: some things that statistical mechanics cannot possibly explain

2:30 - 3:30

Eric Cavalcanti (Griffith)
Newcomb's problem and Bell's theorem

3:30 - 4:30

Huw Price (Sydney)
One Boxer Rebellion

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

4:30 - 6:00

Peter Menzies (Macquarie)
Counterfactuals vs Generic Conditionals: Dispositions and Causation

4:45 - 6:15

Alan Hájek (ANU)
All Values Great and Small


There is plenty of accommodation in Potts Point and Kings Cross, within walking distance of the conference. Listed below are some options, with approximate (2006) prices. For those on a very tight budget, there are also numerous backpackers' hostels on Victoria Street.

Challis Lodge
21 Challis Avenue
Potts Point

$55 per night for a single room (shared bathroom)
$65 per night for a double/twin (shared bathroom)
$70 per night for a single room (ensuite)
$75 per night for a double/twin (ensuite)


+61 2 9358 5422


+61 2 8356 9047





Holiday Lodge Hotel
55 Macleay St
Potts Point

$55-$100 per night for a single room
$60-$120 per night for a double room
$120-$140 per night for a family room


+61 2 935 63955


+61 2 9356 3485



Victoria Court Hotel
122 Victoria St
Potts Point

Rates on enquiry


+61 2 9357 3200


+61 2 9357 7606




The best way to get around downtown Sydney is on foot or via public transport. The conference venue and the accommodation 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 about $10. A taxi from the Airport to Potts Point costs about $30. 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 $10 per person and departs from outside the arrival hall every half hour. There is no need to make a booking.


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

Last update 04 Jan 09