Lauren Ross, “Cascade as a causal concept: The diversity of causal structure in science”

Sixth workshop of the series "Chats on Philosophy and the Life Sciences", organized by Antonella Tramacere (University of Bologna) and John Bickle (Mississipi State University).

  • Date: 22 APRIL 2021  from 18:00 to 20:00

  • Type: Chats on Philosophy and the Life Sciences

According to mainstream philosophical views causal explanation in biology and neuroscience is mechanistic.  As the term "mechanism'' gets regular use in these fields it is unsurprising that philosophers consider it important to scientific explanation.  What is surprising is that they consider it the only causal term of importance.  In this talk I provide an analysis of a new causal concept—I examine the cascade concept in science and the causal structure it refers to.  I argue that this concept is importantly different from the notion of mechanism and that this difference matters for our understanding of causation and explanation in science.

Event is free and open to interested philosophers and scientists! Contact John ( or Antonella ( for login instructions.


Antonella Tramacere

Write an e-mail

John Bickle

Write an e-mail