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A Proposed Probabilistic Extension of the Halpern and Pearl Definition of 'Actual Cause'

Fenton-Glynn, Luke (2015) A Proposed Probabilistic Extension of the Halpern and Pearl Definition of 'Actual Cause'. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In their article 'Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part I: Causes', Joseph Halpern and Judea Pearl draw upon structural equation models to develop an attractive analysis of 'actual cause'. Their analysis is designed for the case of deterministic causation. I show that their account can be naturally extended to provide an elegant treatment of probabilistic causation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Fenton-Glynn, Lukel.glynn@ucl.ac.uk
Additional Information: Forthcoming in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Causation; Probabilistic Causation; Probability; Structural Equation Models; Causal Graphs; Halpern; Pearl
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Dr. Luke Fenton-Glynn
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 15:13
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 15:13
Item ID: 11434
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 24 April 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11434

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