Date and Time: June 21, Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. Location: Carlos Santamaría Building, Room B14 Speaker: Leonardo Bich (Universidad de Chile) Title: Why defining life is not pointless Abstract: Despite numerous and increasing attempts to define what life is, there is no consensus on necessary … Continue reading
Date and Time: June 21, Tuesday, 12:30 a.m.
Location: Carlos Santamaría Building, Room B14
Speaker: Sune Holm (University of Copenhagen)
Title: Causation as control: The case of synthetic biology
“The ‘cause’ of an event in nature is the handle, so to speak, by which we can manipulate it” (R. G. Collingwood). On the manipulationist view, the distinction between causal and non-causal relationships is a distinction between relationships that can be manipulated and those that cannot. The manipulationist account of causation is thus guided by the idea that causal relationships can be exploited for purposes of manipulation and control. It is “our interests in controlling the world” (Woodward 2010) that gives us an appetite for spotting causal relationships. In this paper I discuss Woodward’s manipulationist account of causation in the context of synthetic biology and its effort to construct machine-like living systems.
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