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Summer University in Budapest

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The 2008 Summer University at CEU looks really nice for philosophers of science:

Course website:

Application deadline for scholarship applications: 14 February, 2008
Application deadline for fee-paying applications: 30 May, 2008

Course Director: Miklos Redei, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics, UK

  • Nancy Cartwright, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Damian Fennell, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Gabor Hofer-Szabo, King Sigismund College, Budapest, Hungary
  • Ferenc Huoranszki, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Laszlo E. Szabo, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Richard E. Neapolitan, Northeastern Illinois University

Course Coordinator: Balazs Gyenis, University of Pittsburgh

The aim of the summer school is to teach and discuss current results and recent trends in probabilistic causation. Probabilistic causality emerged during the second half of the 20th century as a truly interdisciplinary field, involving concepts and methods of philosophy (metaphysics and philosophy of science), classical and non-classical probability theory and the special sciences, especially physics and economics. A recent outgrowth of the theory is Bayes nets, investigated not only in philosophy of science but also in computer science and utilized in causal modeling. After a review of the basic notions and classical results on probabilistic causation the course focuses on discussing problems that are open and debated in the literature at this time.The course intends to bring together advanced graduate students and young researchers from different disciplines (philosophy, physics, economics and computer science) and provides an opportunity for cross-disciplinary discussion. Such discussions will be facilitated by organizing sessions of short presentations by participants; in the short talks participants can formulate their research topics and solicit comments by faculty and other participants during the summer school.

…and moral philosophers:

Course website:

Application deadline for scholarship applications: 14 February, 2008
Application deadline for fee-paying applications: 30 May, 2008

Course Director: Mark Balaguer, California State University, Los Angeles

Course Manager: András Szigeti, CEU, Budapest


  • Terry Horgan, University of Arizona, USA
  • János Kis, CEU, Budapest
  • Tim O’Connor, Indiana University, USA
  • Thomas Schmidt, Humboldt University of Berlin

The course focuses on moral responsibility as a central
concern of philosophical ethics and metaphysics. It also explores the relationship between responsibility and other important philosophical concepts such as agency, freedom, moral luck, moral dilemmas, emotions, punishment, character and institutional action. By considering different aspects of responsibility, the course seeks to show why responsibility matters and how much really turns on our perception of ourselves as responsible beings.The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will be devoted to the metaphysics of moral responsibility. The second part of the course will concentrate on responsibility as an ethical concept.

I’m quite excited about the first one, which I’ll probably attend 🙂


Written by Stefan Ionescu

Ianuarie 4, 2008 la 5:06 pm

Publicat în EN, Philosophy at CEU

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  1. Wasn’t bad last year – I mean the Culture and Cognition module []. If anybody is interested in the bibliography they used, let me know.


    Ianuarie 12, 2008 at 5:44 pm

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