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Fri Apr 1, 2011

Thu Apr 7, 2011

"Physical and Metaphysical Symmetry"


Location: 209 DeBartolo

David Baker, Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan

Cushing Memorial Prize Lecture

 Symmetry principles have provided a revolutionary means of simplifying physical theories at no explanatory cost. Can similar methods be extended to the domain of pure metaphysics? As a cautionary tale, I consider the "comparativist" interpretation of physical quantities as relations rather than intrinsic properties, a case where a seeming metaphysical symmetry fails even in simple examples.…

Fri Apr 15, 2011

Screening-off and Causal Completeness


Location: 220 Malloy

Elliott Sober, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Here are two principles about causation that involve the ideas of screening-off and causal completeness:

(IL)  In a causal chain from C to I to E, the intermediate
 link I will screen-off C from E if I is causally complete.

Tue Apr 19, 2011

Let Newton Be!


Location: Washington Hall

The Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values and the History of Science Society’s Executive Office are pleased to announce a performance of Let Newton Be!, by the Menagerie Theatre Company of Cambridge, England. The play, which features 3 actors portraying Isaac Newton during three stages of his life (each on the stage at the same time) will take place on Tuesday, April 19th, 7:00 pm in historic Washington Hall on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.