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Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Presents

Stuart Glennan, Department of Philosophy, Butler University

4/6/18, 3:35 PM

About this event

"Compositional Minimalism"

Stuart Glennan

Department of Philosophy, Butler University

Abstract: In her paper, “Causality and Determination,” Elizabeth Anscombe advanced an approach to causation that Peter Godfrey-Smith has dubbed “causal minimalism.” In this approach, causation is not one thing, but many. Causal relations depend upon a heterogeneous set of specific activities – like bonding, pushing, tearing or fighting. My aim in this talk is to pursue a related strategy for compositional relations between parts and wholes – whether these be between atoms and molecules, tissues and organs, or children and families. Composition, like causation, is not one thing, but many – largely because parts are bound into wholes by causal relations.


For more information contact Janet McKernan mcps@umn.edu 612-625-6635
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Event Location
  • 155 Nicholson Hall
  • 216 Pillsbury Drive SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA