Selected Recent Talks

For a full list, see my CVSlides for some talks available upon request.

“Causal Attribution, causal modelling and disease interventions” Workshop sponsored by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation as part of Global Burden of Disease Project. Geneva, Switzerland, June, 2014. 

“Methodology, Ontology, and Interventionism” New directions in pragmatic metaphysics for philosophy of science, Simon Fraser University, April, 2014.  

 “Normative Theory and Descriptive Psychology in Understanding Causal Reasoning:  The Role of Interventions and Invariance” Conference at the University of A Coruna, Spain on  Philosophy of Psychology: The Conception of James Woodward  March, 2014

“Causal Cognition: Physical Connections, Proportionality, and the Role of Normative Theory” Conference at the University of A Coruna, Spain on  Philosophy of Psychology: The Conception of James Woodward  March, 2014. 

“Interventionism Defended: Methodology, Cirularity and Truth Conditions” Workshop on Causation: New Prospects, College de France, December, 2013.

“Causal Cognition: Physical Connections, Proportionality, and the Role of Normative Theory” To appear in a volume edited by W. Gonzalez, tentative title Philosophy of Psychology: The Conception of James Woodward

 “Causation: Interactions Between Philosophical Theories and Psychological Research”    Department of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, January, 2014.

“Mechanistic Explanation in Biology: Its Scope and Limits”   Missouri Philosophy of Science (MOPS) Workshop,  U of Missouri,  October, 2013.

“Mechanism and Explanation in Biology: Its Scope and Limits”  Congress on Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of Ghent, September, 2013.  

“Interactions between Normative (Philosophical/ Computational) Theories of Causation and Empirical Research on Causal Cognition” Workshop on Causality: Perspectives from Different Disciplines, Therme Vals, Switzerland, August, 2013.

“Mechanistic Explanation: Its Scope and Limits” Joint Meeting of Aristotelian Society/Mind Association Exeter, UK, July, 2013

“The problem of Variable Choice” Workshop on Methodology and Ontology, Virginia Tech, May, 2013.    

“Causation: Interactions between Philosophical Theories and Psychological Research” Ohio State University, April, 2012.

“Causation: Interactions between Philosophical Theories and Psychological Research” University of Wisconsin Madison, February, 2012.

“A Functional Account of Causation” PSA 2012 meetings,  November, 2012, San Diego

“An Interventionist Account of Causation, HKUST, May, 2012

“Causation: Interactions Between Philosophical Theories and Psychological Research” Lingnan Univeristy May, 2012

 “Mechanisms Reconsidered” Lingnan University, May, 2012

“Mechanisms in Biology”   Center for Philosophy of Science Workshop, University of Minnesota, May, 2012

“Emotion versus Cognition in Moral Decision-Making: A Dubious Dichotomy”   NYU workshop on the moral brain, March, 2012

“Causation: Interactions Between Philosophical Theories  and Psychological Research’’ University of North Carolina colloquium in  philosophy, November, 2011.  

“Looking Times and Infant Causal Understanding” McDonnell Conference on Causal Learning, Montreal, April, 2011.  

“Mechanisms Reconsidered” Conference on Counterfactuals and Mechanisms. Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, March 2011

 “Causation in Biology: Stability, Specificity, and Proportionality” Alberto Coffa Memorial Lecture. Indiana University. November 2010

 “Causation: Interactions between Philosophical Theories and Psychological Research” Philosophy of Science Association Meeting, Montreal, November, 2010

“Causation in biology: Stability, Specificity and the Choice of Levels of Explanation” Keynote address. British Society for Philosophy of Science. July 2010.

“Causal Learning and Judgment: Covariation and Contact Mechanics”  Opening Celebration Conference. Center for Formal Epistemology. Carnegie Mellon University, June, 2010.

“Cooperation and Reciprocity  : Empirical Evidence and Normative Implications”   Conference for Oxford Handbook of Social Science,  Birmingham, Alabama, April 2010

 “Comments on Jonathan Waskan’s “In Search of a Non-Counterfactual Foundation for Mechanistic Explanation” American Philosophical Association Meetings, Pacific Division.  San Francisco. April, 2010.

“Causation in biology: Stability, Specificity and the Choice of Levels of Explanation” Rice University,  Houston, March 2010

 “Causation in Biology: Stability, Specificity, and the Choice of Levels of Explanation”  Keynote at Virginia Tech Graduate Student Conference, November, 2009.

 “Learning about causal relationships: action and observation, covariation and contact mechanics” Cognitive Development Society, San Antonio, October, 2009.

“Laws, Counterfactuals, and Invariance”, Metaphysics of Science conference, Nottingham, September, 2009

“Causation in Genetics (and elsewhere in Biology): Stability, Specificity, and the Choice of Levels of Explanation” Behavioral Genetics Association, Minneapolis, June 2009

“Causation in Biology: Stability, Proportionality, and Specificity” Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice, Minneapolis, June 2009

“Why Do People Cooperate? Empirical Evidence and Normative Implications” Pacific APA, Vancouver, April, 2009.

 “Why Do People Cooperate? Empirical Evidence and Normative Implications” Evolution, Game Theory and the Social Contract Conference, UC-Irvine, March, 2009