The Dennes Room

Event Detail

Thu Apr 4, 2019
Howison Library, 4 PM
George Myro Memorial Lecture
Karen Bennett (Rutgers University)
Building and Causing Revisited

In my 2017 book Making Things Up, I characterize a family of relations that I call ‘building relations’. I argue that these relations share various features, and are centrally linked to absolute and relative fundamentality. I also argue that causation is one of them. In this talk, I address a few objections to that claim. These raise issues I take to be independently interesting, notably about i) indeterministic causation, ii) relative fundamentality, and iii) revisionary theories in general.