An interesting CFP…

The following arrived over e-mail. I don’t know if my usual readership will find it particularly interesting, but I find it interesting at least, mainly because I’ve been thinking about functional explanation and historical teleology a lot.

Call for papers:


A volume of papers on causality across the sciences edited by Phyllis McKay
Illari, Federica Russo and Jon Williamson under contract with Oxford
University Press

This book will contain original research papers that deal with causality and
causal inference in the various sciences and with general questions
concerning the relationship between causality, probability and mechanisms.

Some chapters will be invited contributions; others will be submitted to a
call for papers. All papers will be subject to a reviewing process.


1st July 2009: deadline for submission of full papers for publication
to be emailed to Phyllis McKay Illari ( or Federica Russo
1st November 2009: notification of acceptance of papers for publication.
1st December 2009: deadline for final version of papers accepted for


The volume will run to about 600 pages and will be subdivided into the
following parts:

Health Sciences
Social Sciences
Natural Sciences
Psychology and Neurosciences
Computer science and statistics
Causality, probability and mechanisms


This volume is organised by the Centre for Reasoning at the University of
Kent. It is associated with the Causality in the Sciences series of
conferences, and with the research project Mechanisms and Causality funded
by the Leverhulme Trust.


3 Responses to “An interesting CFP…”

  1. Daniel Goldberg Says:

    “Disease causality” is one of the eight items of interest on my CV. Let me know if you’d like me to inflict on you the paper I just submitted on this issue. I actually think disease causality is undertheorized, at least relative to its importance.

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    Yes, I’d love to see it!

  3. Chen Shapira Says:

    On first glance, I interpreted the title as “Scientists who died in the line of duty” (isn’t this what causalities mean?)

    The cause is either lack of familiarity with scientific terminology, or overdose of news.

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