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Event: Workshop: Non-Causal Explanations: Logical, Linguistic, and Philosophical Perspectives

Event date May 09, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Submission deadline February 01, 2019
Location Belgium
Host(s) Ghent University
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Ghent University, May 9–10, 2019
Many disciplines, from mathematics to metaphysics, employ non-causal explanations. But what is the logic (or the logics) of non-causal explanation? What are the pros and cons of different logical approaches? Is the linguistic expression of non-causal explanation specifically codified in some natural language? Can algorithms pick up non-causal explanations in textual databases? The workshop welcomes formal and informal contributions both from within specific disciplines employing non-causal explanations and from a more general perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Is non-causal explanation hyperintensional?
  • Among the axioms governing the logical behaviour of non-causal explanation are there factivity, symmetry, associativity ones?
  • What is the relation between non-causal explanation and concepts in its vicinity (causal explanation, understanding, …)?
  • What is the relation between non-causal explanation in general and metaphysical grounding in particular? Can (one of) the logics of grounding be applied to non-causal explanation in general?
  • Are some explanations in the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, ….)  really non-causal?
Keynote speakers 
Hannes Leitgeb (Munich)
Francesca Poggiolesi (Paris)
Erik Weber (Ghent)
How to submit an abstract
We welcome submissions on any topic that fits into the scope as described above. Send your abstract of 300 to 500 words to: by February 1, 2019, 23h59’ CET.
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2019.

More information about the workshop (venue, registration, …) is available at  The program will be available around March 15, 2019.

This workshop is organized by the scientific research network Logical and Methodological Analysis of Scientific Reasoning Processes (LMASRP) which is sponsored by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). All information about the network can be found at
An overview of the previous workshops of the network can be found at
Related conference
On May 6–8, 2019 the University of Liège and UCLouvain will hold a conference on Explaining explanation using new developments in logic and formal semantics. See
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