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Title:

Causality and Data

Date:
2018年5月22日(火)17:00-18:30
Place:
東京大学駒場キャンパス101号館2階研修室

「第12回山川健次郎レクチャーシリーズ」
Causality and Data

講演者:Fredrik Savje (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University)
日時: 2018年5月22日(火)17:00-18:30
場所:東京大学駒場キャンパス101号館2階研修室
使用言語:英語

Abstract:
One of the core enterprises of the social sciences is causality. Scholars ask not only how things are, but also why they are that way. Researchers and policymakers ask how one can intervene in the world to change it; thus, they inquire about the effects of their actions.

This talk will focus on how quantitative information (“data”) can help us answer these questions. We will start with some ontological aspects of causality. The discussion will focus on a minimal definition of causality that encapsulates some core ideas from several perspectives of causality.

The definition is not rich enough to resolve important philosophical disagreements about the nature of causality, but it may be sufficiently precise to allow us to investigate some causal questions empirically. The second part discusses the epistemological consequences of the definition and how may be able to overcome them.

Supported by: FUTI (Friends of UTokyo Inc.) and MacMillan Center, Yale University, HMC (The University of Tokyo, Humanities Center)
Organised by: UTCP

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