Laurie Paul (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)

March 28 – April 1, 2016

Renwen Building
Renmin University of China
Time: 2-5 p.m.

Lecture 1: Counterfactuals and Causation (March 28) – Room 600
Basic methodological issues, underlying semantics for counterfactuals, metaphysics of events and properties, and related questions about the causal and temporal arrow.

Lecture 2: Central Problems (March 30) – Room 621
Preemptiom (both early and late), overdetermination, transitivity, and additional discussion of causal relata.

Lecture 3: Mental Causation (April 1) – Room 600
Mental causation, its relation to counterfactual treatments of overdetermination, and different approaches to physicalism.

This course is free but we require all participants to register ahead of time. If you would like to register please email the following address:

In your email be sure to include your: (i) full name, (ii) program of study (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.), and (iii) institution.

We have funds to support travel and accommodation fees for select students in China who reside outside of Beijing. Please specify if you would like to be considered for a travel / accommodation grant and include an explanation of how this short-course is related to and will benefit your current research along with your most recent CV.