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Discussion Note: Which Kind of Causal Specificity Matters Biologically?

Weber, Marcel (2017) Discussion Note: Which Kind of Causal Specificity Matters Biologically? Philosophy of Science, 84. pp. 574-585.

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Griffiths et al. (2015) have proposed a quantitative measure of causal specificity and used it to assess various attempts to single out genetic causes as being causally more specific than other cellular mechanisms, for example, alternative splicing. Focusing in particular on developmental processes, they have identified a number of important challenges for this project. In this discussion note, I would like to show how these challenges can be met.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Weber, Marcel
Keywords: Causal specificity, explanation in biology, information, causal parity thesis, alternative splicing
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Prof. Marcel Weber
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 20:02
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 20:02
Item ID: 13288
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Date: July 2017
Page Range: pp. 574-585
Volume: 84
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13288

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