Speaker:  Jiji Zhang  (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Chair:  Liuxiang Hao (CASIP)

Time:  Friday, 19th May, 2023, 9:30-11:30

Place: Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Sciences ( 4th Floor, Building(S)4, South Fourth Street No.4, ZhongGuanCun, HaiDian District, Beijing 100190, P.R. China)

Organizer: Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIP) 

                   University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, School of Humanities


As an influential approach to theorizing about causation, interventionism is standardly presented as following a counterfactual line of attack. I examine the main reasons for treating interventionism as a broadly counterfactual account and argue that those reasons track features that are not essential to the attraction of interventionism. I outline a way to formulate interventionism that is broadly regularity-theoretic and highlight some potential advantages of this formulation.



Zhang Jiji (张寄冀) is a professor in the Department of Philosophy of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He taught previously at Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, and California Institute of Technology, and served as a consultant to the Noah's Ark Lab. His main research program is interdisciplinary, spanning a wide range of questions on causation and causal inference, including both the epistemological and logical aspects of causal reasoning, and the statistical and computational aspects of causal modelling and discovery. His work has been published in premier venues of artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as in reputable journals of philosophy. 

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