Foundations in Social Science – Mechanisms, Actions, Functions

The Workshop is Part of the Project “A Study in Explanatory Power”. Please register

The workshop "Foundations in Social Science – Mechanisms, Actions, Functions” is part of the project “A Study in Explanatory Power” at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Free admission. Please register: philosophy.step(at)gmail(dot)com.


Thursday 24th of January

Social mechanisms

10-11:15 Petri Ylikoski “What is the micro-macro problem?”
11:15-12:30 Andrea Maurer "Mechanism models as a variant of explanatory sociology."
12:30-14:00: lunch break
14:00-15:15 Tuukka Kaidesoja and Gianluca Pozzoni “Context-dependence and context-independence in mechanism-based explanation”

15min break

Agency, structure, ontology

15:30-16:45 Dave Elder-Vass “Agency and structure in a critical realist ontology”
16:45-18:00 Daniel Little “Actors and Outcomes”
19h conference dinner

Friday 25th of January

Social Constructivism

10-11:15 Esa Diaz Leon “Social constructionism and the challenge from empty reference”
11:15-12:30 Brice Bantegnie “Races, Social Kinds and Explanation in the Social Sciences”
12:30-14 lunch break

Historical materialism and functional explanations

14-15:15 Urs Lindner “Functional or Mechanismic Explanations? On G.A. Cohen's Reading of Marx”

15 min break

15:30-16:45 Peter McLaughlin “What do biological and social functions (and mechanisms) have in common?”
16:45-18:00 Heiner Koch “Dysfunctional explanations”

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