Conferences

 


WORKSHOP ON THEORIES OF CAUSALITY AND OCCASIONALISM


Check out the videos of the workshop at our youtube channel (occasionalismchannel)

PROGRAM

June, 2nd 2015-Tuesday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

10.00-10.10 Opening Remarks, Nazif Muhtaroğlu

10.10-10.20 Welcoming Remarks, Chryssi Sidiropoulou

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Islamic Philosophy

10.20-11.40 “Natural Causality: Views of Mu’tazilites and the Ash’arites,” Muhammad Basil Altaie (Physics Department-Yarmouk University, Jordan)

11.40-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-13.20 “Efficient Causation and Continued Existence in Kalam, Avicenna and Fakhr al-Din al-Razi,” Ayman Shihadeh (Department of the Near and Middle East-SOAS, University of London, UK)

13.20-14.50 Lunch Break

14.50-16.10 “Occasionalism and The Evolutionary Causal Process,” Alparslan Açıkgenç (Philosophy Department, Yıldız Technical University)

16.10-16.30 Coffee Break

  1. Session – Occasionalism and Causation among the Scholastics

16.30-17.50 “Suarez on Divine Efficient Causation,” Jeffrey McDonough (Philosophy Department, Harvard University, USA)

 

June, 4nd 2015-Thursday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

  1. Session- Occasionalism and Causation in Early Modern Philosophy

10.00-11.20 “The Causal Theories and Occasionalism among the Continental Rationalists,” Brandon Look (Philosophy Department, University of Kentucky, USA)

11.20-11.40 Coffee Break

11.40-13.00 “Malebranche’s Occasionalism and British Empiricists,” Nazif Muhtaroğlu (Philosophy Department, Boğaziçi University)

13.10-14.30 Lunch Break

  1. Session- Contemporary Theories of Causality and Occasionalism

14.30-15.50 “Prominent Theories of Causality Today,” Douglas Kutach (Philosophy Department, University of West Indies-Mona, Jamaica)

15.50-16.10 Coffee Break

16.10-17.30 “Current Approaches to Causality and Occasionalism”

Edward Moad (Philosophy Department, Qatar University)

Abstracts for Workshop

 


CONFERENCE ON THEORIES OF CAUSALITY AND OCCASIONALISM


PROGRAM

June, 6th 2015-Saturday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

8.40-8.50 Opening Remarks, Nazif Muhtaroğlu

8.50-9.00 Welcoming Remarks, Chryssi Sidiropoulou

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Islamic Philosophy

9.00-9.25 “Causality: An Analysis of the Views of the Mu’tazilites and the Ash’arites,” M. Basil Altaie (Yarmouk)

9.30-9.55 “The Emanation Theory, Mere Conservationism and Occasionalism,” Davlat Dadikhuda (McGill)

10.00-10.25 “How Effective is the Comparison between Malebranche’s Occasionalist Causation and Dogen’s Soto Zen Buddhist Practice?
(in the light of another pair of comparison: Scholastics’ Concurrentism and Rinzai Zen Practice),” Takaharu Oda (Edinburgh)

10.25-10.35 Coffee Break

10.35-11.25 The Discussion of the First Session

11.25-11.45 Coffee Break

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Modern Philosophy

11.45-12.10 “Creatures that Cause? Pre-established Harmony and Occasionalism” Paul Martin (Ohio)

12.15-12.40 “Spinoza’s Pantheism and Malebranche’s Occasionalism” Brandon Look (Kentucky)

12.45-1.10 “Berkeley’s Rejection of Occasionalism” Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard)

1.15-1.40 “Hume, Kant and Al-Ghazali on the Universal Principle of Causality” Nazif Muhtaroğlu (Boğaziçi)

1.40-2.50 Lunch Break

2.50-3.40 The Discussion of the Second Session

3.40-3.50 Coffee Break

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Causation in Contemporary Philosophy

3.50-4.15 “How A Contemporary Theory of Fundamental Physics Supports Occasionalism” Douglas Kutach (West Indies)

4.20-4.45 “Regularity and Counterfactual Theories of Causation in Relation to Occasionalism” Edward Moad (Qatar)

4.50-5.15 “Knowledge, Minds and Causal Efficacy” Bruce Katz (Independent)

5.15-5.25 Break

5.25-6.20 The Discussion of the Third Session

 

June, 7th 2015-Sunday, İbrahim Bodur Salonu (Boğaziçi University, South Campus)

9.00-9.50 “Does Causal Dispositionalism Make Room for Occasionalism?” Anna Marmodoro (Oxford)

9.50-10.00 Break

  1. Session-Occasionalism and Quantum Mechanics

10.00-10.25 “Reviving Kalam Occasionalism by ways of Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories” Mehmet Bulgen (Marmara)

10.30-10.55 “Causality in Quantum Mechanics: A New Perspective” M. Basil Altaie (Yarmouk)

11.00-11.25 “How Quantum Mechanics Supports Occasionalism” Douglas Kutach (West Indies)

11.30-11.55 “Quantum Occasionalism” Vasil Dinev Penchev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

11.55-12.10 Coffee Break

12.10-1.00 The Discussion of the Fourth Session

1.30 Lunch

Abstracts for Conference


Workshop On Occasionalism and Other Theories of Causality


   An International Workshop

 2-4 June, 2015

Bogazici University/Istanbul, Turkey

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

 This workshop is intended to examine the links between occasionalism and other theories of causality and discuss the theoretical virtues and weaknesses of the theories in question. There will be three main sections as follows:

1-Theories of Causality and Occasionalism in Islamic Intellectual History

2-Theories of Causality in Late Medieval And Early Modern Europe in relation to Occasionalism

3-Contemporary Theories of Causality and Occasionalism

Confirmed Speakers:

Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard University)

Brandon Look (University of Kentucky)

Ayman Shihadeh (London University, SOAS)

Douglas Kutach (University of West Indies)

Alparslan Acikgenc (Yildiz Technical University)

Edward Moad (Qatar University)

Faculty members, graduate students, independent scholars are eligible to apply to this workshop, but priority will be given to the PhD candidates and scholars who have been already doing or would like to make research on relevant topics. Partial funding is available.

If you plan to apply, please send a CV and one-page statement of intent (about why you are interested in this workshop) to Dr. Nazif Muhtaroglu via e-mail (nazifm81@gmail.com) by the end of January 2015.

The results will be announced after a peer-review process.

Sponsored by Kalam Research and Media Center & Bogazici University


Second Conference of International Society for the Study of Occasionalism


    THEORIES OF CAUSALITY AND OCCASIONALISM

An International Conference

6-7 June, 2015

Bogazici University/Istanbul, Turkey

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

International Society for the Study of Occasionalism invites applications for its second conference entitled “Theories of Causality and Occasionalism.” We are looking for papers that examine the theoretical virtues and weaknesses of occasionalism in relation to a given theory of causality or whether they are compatible. Papers can address these issues in historical (Islamic, medieval, modern) or contemporary context. Some suggestions are as follows:

-Occasionalism and Emanation Theory

-Occasionalism and Physicalism/Naturalism

-Occasionalism and Positivism

-Occasionalism and Concurrentism

-Occasionalism and Mere Conservationism

-Limited Occasionalism versus Thoroughgoing occasionalism

-Occasionalism and Monism

-Occasionalism and Pre-established Harmony

-Occasionalism and Idealism

-Occasionalism and Skeptical Approaches to Causality

-Occasionalism and Regularity views of Causality

-Occasionalism and Counterfactual Theories of Causality

-Occasionalism and Probabilistic Views of Causality

Confirmed Speakers:

Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard University)

Anna Marmodoro (Oxford University)

Brandon Look (University of Kentucky)

Ayman Shihadeh (London University, SOAS)

Douglas Kutach (University of West Indies)

Edward Moad (Qatar University)

Faculty members, graduate students, independent scholars are eligible to apply to this conference. Partial funding is available. If you plan to apply, please send a CV and one-page abstract to Nazif Muhtaroglu via e-mail (nazifm81@gmail.com) by the end of February 2015.

Sponsored by Kalam Research and Media Center & Bogazici University


First Conference of International Society for the Study of Occasionalism


CONFERENCE: OCCASIONALISM EAST AND WEST

OCCASIONALISM EAST AND WEST-Abstracts


Check out the videos of the workshop at our youtube channel (occasionalismchannel)