Five College Consortium

Probability and Causation

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2016
Subject Name: 
Philosophy
Course Number: 
209
Institution: 
Mount Holyoke College
In this course we will look at theories of causation, probability, and their interaction. We will look first at Hume on causation, and then move on to some very basic probability theory. We will briefly explore the standard statistical approaches and go on to Bayesian reasoning and confirmation theory. Finally, we'll examine recent developments in the Bayesian Net theory of causation. As a whole, the class is an investigation of recent mathematical and philosophical theories about how science works, what justifies the hypotheses we ought to believe, and how observations could justify hypotheses about unobserved entities and regions.
Comments: 
Prereq: One course in Philosophy or Mathematics.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Schedule #: 
95023

Course Sections

Probability and Causation
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Samuel Mitchell smitchel@mtholyoke.edu MW 01:15PM-02:30PM Clapp Laboratory 218