5131005Philosophy (Special Lectures)

Numbering Code G-LET01 65131 LJ34 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Mon.2
Instructor name OTSUKA JUN (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This is a companion seminar to the special lecture on causality, open in the same semester. We read & learn related literature and mathematical/statistical tools introduced in the lecture in order to understand them more deeply. Joint enrollment with the lecture is recommended, but not required.
Course Goals Through close reading on primary and secondary literature, students will be able to (1) analyze themselves historical as well as modern philosophical discussions on causality; (2) understand statistical methods such as correlation and regression analyses; and (3) critically examine causal claims based on these methods.
Schedule and Contents We will read the following materials

・D. Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
・J. L. Mackie, Causes and Conditions
・C. Hitchcock, Probabilistic Causation (SEP)
・W. Salmon, Causality: Production and Propagation
・P. Menzies, Counterfactual Theories of Causation (SEP)
・大塚淳, ベイズネットから見た因果と確率

Each week a presenter gives a summary of the reading and leads the discussion. Every participant is required to actively engage in discussion. Presence alone does not warrant a credit.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Evaluation is based on presentation and participation in class and discussion. Active participation to the discussion is highly evaluated.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Before each class, students are required to closely read the assignments and take notes a question. A presenter is expected to prepare a resume or other material (if needed) and topics/questions to be discussed during the class.