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LACSI Conference on Laws of Nature, Explanation and Understanding

The Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative (LACSI) Conference on Laws of Nature, Explanation, and Understanding will take place between 12:30 p.m on Friday, September 16 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 on NC State University’s North Campus. The exact venue will be specified later.


Friday, September 16

Collection of folders and name-tags
Please wear name-tags at all sessions.

Are the Laws of Nature Useful? Heather Demarest, University of Colorado, Boulder
Moderator: Carl Gillett, University of Northern Illinois

Understanding and Social Measurement, Kareem Khalifa, Middlebury College
Moderator: Holly Andersen, Simon Fraser University

Reception: Venue to be determined
(Dinner on your own)

Saturday, September 17

Laws of Nature in Biology and Medicine: A Retrospective, Anya Plutynski, Washington University in St. Louis
Moderator: Tyler Hildebrand, Dalhousie University

Causal Explanation and Causal Bearing, Christopher Hitchcock, California Institute of Technology
Moderator: Harjit Bhogal, University of Maryland

Lunch Break
(On your own)

Persistence, Properties and Explanatory Structure, Elizabeth Miller, Brown University
Moderator: Katrina Elliot, UCLA

The Practical Value of Causal Understanding, Michael Strevens, New York University
Moderator: Erica Shumener, Syracuse University

(There will be no further conference events after the above session.)

Conference Fees and Registration

Standard Fee: $70
Fee for Full-Time Students: $30
The above fees include the conference reception.

Advance online registration is required by September 10, 2022. Register here.

Conference Travel Fellowship

Since 2015 we have provided a travel fellowship to enable either a Ph.D. candidate or a recent Ph.D. graduate from an under-represented group in philosophy to attend each LACSI Conference. 

The 2022 Fellow is Gabrielle Kerbel, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Accommodation, Food and Drink


The Aloft Raleigh, which is within easy walking distance of NC State University’s North Campus, has reserved a small block of rooms for conference participants at the rate of $152 per night (plus taxes). Reserve a room.

Food and Drink

There is a selection of eating and drinking establishments along and close to Hillsborough Street opposite NC State University’s North Campus.