Causality and Complexity in the Sciences

International Conference on “Causality and Complexity in the Sciences”

September 8-11, 2014

University of Cologne
Albertus-Magnus-Platz, seminar building (Seminargebäude), room S 21

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The aim of this conference is to investigate epistemological, metaphysical and conceptual aspects of causality in the sciences dealing with complex systems. The special focus will lie on the interplay between causality and complexity. Among the questions we want to address are: What is causal complexity, and how does it differ from other notions of complexity? Does the explanation of complex phenomena require non-causal or non-mechanistic explanations in particular? Is the macro-behavior of complex systems emergent? How do scientists in different fields deal with the (causal) complexity of their objects of study? Is it possible to identify general and transdisciplinary (explanatory) strategies of dealing with complexity?

This conference is an event in the conference series “Causality in the Sciences”
The conference is funded by the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG)


Confirmed plenary speakers
Laura Franklin-Hall (New York University)
Mara Harrell (Carnegie Mellon University)
Paul Humphreys (University of Virginia)
Meinard Kuhlmann (University of Bielefeld)
Álvaro Moreno (University of the Basque Country)
Gry Oftedal (University of Oslo)
William Wimsatt (University of Chicago)

In case you have any further question please contact the local organizers:
Marie I. Kaiser (
Alexander Reutlinger (