Emergence and Laws :: Workshops

Emergence and Laws

26-27 June 2015
Centre for HPS, University of Leeds


Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)
Roman Frigg (LSE)
Ned Hall (Harvard)
Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (Cologne)
Barry Loewer (Rutgers)
Alex Reutlinger (Munich LMU / MCMP)
Juha Saatsi (Leeds)
Markus Schrenk (Duesseldorf)

Venue: Room G36, Baines Wing, School of PRHS, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT

** Registration by Friday 19th of June. There is no fee. **


Friday 26th

10:30 – Coffee and Welcome

11:00 – 12:15 Ned Hall (Harvard)
‘Ink on paper’


13:15 – 14:30 Markus Schrenk (Duesseldorf)
‘Special Science Laws: Their Exceptions and their Emergence’


15:00 – 16:15 Jeremy Butterfield (Cambridge)
‘On spontaneous symmetry-breaking in finite systems’

16:15 – 17:30 Juha Saatsi (Leeds)
‘Emergence and Explanation’

Pub and workshop dinner


Saturday 27th

10:00 –11:15 Barry Loewer (Rutgers)
‘The Reduction of (almost) Everything to Statistical Mechanics’


11:45 – 13:00 Roman Frigg (LSE)
‘The anatomy of reduction in statistical mechanics’


14:00 – 15:15 Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (Cologne)
‘Causal Modelling, Higher-Level Causation and the Problem of Epiphenomenal Relationships’


15:45 – 16:15 Alex Reutlinger (LMU Munich)
‘On Scientific and Metaphysical Explanations of Laws’

16:30 Workshop ends.

Post-workshop drinks and dinner to those who wish to stick around.


Emergence in Physics

Friday 27 February 2015
Centre for HPS, University of Leeds

There has been a surge of interest in recent years in emergence in the physical sciences. This workshop examines the case for a robust metaphysical notion of emergence in physics.


11:00 – 12:10 James Fraser (University of Leeds)
‘Essential Idealisations and Varieties of Emergence’

12:15 –  13:25 Tom Lancaster (Durham University)
‘The Fractional Quantum Hall Effect: A Case for Strong Emergence’


14:30 – 15:40 Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds)
‘Emergence and Laws: The Case of ‘Weak Metaphysical’ Emergence’

15:50 – 17:00 Alexander Reutlinger (LMU Munich)
‘Renormalization Group Explanation – Reduction or Emergence?’

Dinner and drinks

Venue: CETL University of Leeds, 8-12 Fenton Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT

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