Centre for Reasoning events

Please see the Centre for Reasoning pages for further information on the Centre.Two young suricates

Evidence seminars. These tend to focus on evidence, mechanisms and methods for causal discovery. These normally take place weekly. Please contact Veli-Pekka Parkkinen if you would like to attend.

Reading group on the Principal Principle. The Principal Principle is used to calibrate degrees of belief to chances. This reading group runs from February-May 2017. Please contact Christian Wallmann if you would like to attend.

Workshops and Conferences

4-5 September 2017: Evidence of Mechanisms, University of Kent

3-5 July 2017: Mechanisms in Medicine, University of Kent.

22-23 June 2017: Big data in the social sciences, University of Kent.

18-19 May 2017: Reasoning Club Conference, Turin.

15 May 2017: Inferring Policy from Experiments, Workshop with Nancy Cartwright, University of Kent.

24 March 2017: Symposium on the Principal Principle, GS8, University of Kent, 2-4pm.

Jon Williamson (University of Kent): The principal principle implies the principle of indifference
Christian Wallmann (University of Kent): On the unviability of the principal principle
Richard Pettigrew (University of Bristol): The principal principle does not imply the principle of indifference

Background. Recently, Hawthorne, Landes, Wallmann and Williamson argued in a joint paper that the principal principle implies the principle of indifference. Jon Williamson will present and defend their alrgument. Richard Pettigrew argues that 1) Hawthorne et al’s argument does not apply to Levi’s principal principle and that 2) Hawthorne et al’s argument presupposes the principle of indifference and is therefore circular.  Christian Wallmann argues that the principal principle is itself unviable and that therefore Hawthorne et al’s argument does not support the principle of indifference.

20 March 2017: Symposium on objective Bayesianism, KS1, University of Kent, 3-5pm.

Fabrizio Leisen (University of Kent, Statistics)
Cristiano Villa (University of Kent, Statistics)
Jon Williamson (University of Kent, Philosophy)

Background. This interdisciplinary symposium is dedicated to objective Bayesianism—the thesis that in absence of any information there are still rational constraints on prior probability distributions. The symposium introduces objective Bayesianism and discusses its philosophical and statistical foundations. It then examines a particular prior distribution that is supposed to satisfy the tenets of objective Bayesianism. Finally, this prior is applied to a skewed t-model and an important invariance property is established within this model.

5-6 September 2016: Workshop. Buiding EBM, UCL.

20 June 2016: Workshop. New frontiers for evaluating evidence in medicine. UCL.

9-10 June 2016. Workshop. Type theory and philosophy. W1-SR6.

16 May 2016. Workshop: Explanation and evidence of mechanisms across the sciences, University of Kent.

9.00-10.00   Jürgen Landes – ‘Role of mechanisms in causal inference in pharmacology’
10.15-11.15 Gry Oftedal – ‘Intervention and explanation in research on targeted cancer treatment’
11.15-12.15 Julian Reiss – ‘Evidential reasoning about a target without extrapolation?’
13.45-14.45 Beate Krickel – ‘Against activities’
14.45-15.45 Phyllis Illari & Brendan Clarke – ‘Heuristics and inference methods’
16.00-17.00 Jaakko Kuorikoski – ‘Weighing Evidence: A Mechanism-Based Approach’

12 May 2016. Workshop: Processes, University of Kent.

9.15-11.00 John Dupre (Exeter) – ‘Process, Organisms, and Kinds.’
11.15-13.00 Johanna Seibt (Aarhus) – ‘What is (a) process?’
14.00-15.45 Thomas Crowther (Warwick) – ‘An Ontology of Processes’
16.00-17.45 James Williams (Deakin)  – ‘Dangerous illusions of autonomy: a process critique of the concept of autopoiesis’

21 January 2016.  EBM+ workshop. Amsterdam.


Reasoning-related talks

28 February 2017. Ursula Martin (University of Oxford): The future of proof: will we need people in the age of computers? School of Computing Seminar, SW101, 4pm.

15 December 2016. Nick Chater: Joint Reasoning in Social Interaction: A Virtual Bargaining Approach, 3-4.30pm, GLT2.

23 November 2016. Neil Levy: The Rationality of Climate Change Skeptics, 3-5pm.

9 November 2016. Silvia Jonas: Realism, Evolution, and the A Priori, 12-2pm, CNW seminar room 8.

26 October 2016. David Corfield: A very gentle introduction to a new type theory, 3-5pm, RDC-G22.

3 October 2016. Room GS6:
1400—1530: Conrad and Sarah Heilmann: Two cheers for RCTs.
1530—1700: Jon Williamson: Establishing causal claims in medicine.

Some other talks relating to reasoning, inference and method can be found here.