Causal claims and value judgements

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details

Crawford Research Seminar

Date & time

Friday 17 March 2017


Seminar Room 7, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Associate Professor Katie Steele, School of Philosophy, ANU.


Llewelyn Hughes

In discussions of the social dimension of science and scientific claims, much emphasis has been given to the value judgements associated with ‘inductive risk’, which concerns whether there is adequate evidence to assert some scientific claim. Comparatively little emphasis is given to the many other judgements involved in causal explanation. This talk seeks to rectify this imbalance by focusing on the value judgements associated with characterising an effect and subsequently identifying the key causes of the effect.

Katie Steele is an Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy at The Australian National University. Prior to this (2008-2016), she held a position in Philosophy at the London School of Economics. She works on rational choice and inference, and issues concerning the science-policy interface. Her recent work concerns decision-making under severe uncertainty, and the general project of illuminating aspects of ethical reasoning, both at the theoretical and applied policy levels, using the tools of decision theory.

The Crawford School Research Seminar (CSRS) is a forum for scholars from across Crawford School of Public Policy to share their research and receive input from faculty and doctoral candidates on works-in-progress.

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