Workshop: Humean Approaches to Laws of Nature


Fri - Sun, May 17 to May 19, 3:00pm - 1:00pm


Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211

Friday, May 17

  • 3:30pm – 5:30pm: Keynote by Ned Hall
  • 6:00pm: Dinner (Tanner Room, Emerson 310)


Saturday, May 18

  • 8:30am – 9:00am: Coffee/light breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:30am: “Induction and the Glue of the World”

Harjit Bhogal (University of Maryland, College Park)

Comments by Erica Shumener (University of Pittsburgh)

  • 10:40am – 12:10pm: “Mentaculus Counterfactuals: The Salt that Wouldn’t Dissolve”

Joint talk by Heather Demarest (University of Colorado, Boulder) and
Elizabeth Miller (Yale)

Comments by Thomas Blanchard (Illinois Wesleyan University)

  • 12:10pm – 2:00pm: Lunch break
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm: “What Plays the Role of Chance?”

Alison Fernandes (University of Dublin)

Comments by Mike Hicks (University of Cologne)

  • 3:40pm – 5:10pm: “Scientific Explanation: Still a Headache for Humeans”

Katie Elliott (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • 5:30pm: Dinner (Tanner Room)


Sunday, May 19

  • 8:30am – 9:00am: Coffee/light breakfast


  • 9:00am – 10:30am: “Humean Governance”

Joint talk by Siegfried Jaag (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) and
Christian Loew (University of Cologne)


  • 10:40 – 12:10pm: “The Governing Conception of Laws”

Nina Emery (Mount Holyoke College)

Comments by Zee Perry (University of Colorado, Boulder)


Note: Attendance and participation in the workshop is by invitation only.