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Further Clarification on Permissive and Instructive Causes

Calcott, Brett (2019) Further Clarification on Permissive and Instructive Causes. [Preprint]

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Abstract

I respond to recent criticism of my analysis of the permissive-instructive distinction and outline problems with the alternative analysis on offer. Amongst other problems, I argue that the use of formal measures is unclear and unmotivated, that the distinction is conflated with others that are not equivalent, and that no good reasons are provided for thinking the alternative model or formal measure tracks what biologists are interested in. I also clarify my own analysis where it has been misunderstood or ignored.


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Calcott, Brettbrett.calcott@gmail.com
Keywords: causation, specificity, induction, permissive, instructive, waddington
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Dr Brett Calcott
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 16:19
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2019 16:19
Item ID: 16390
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
General Issues > Causation
Date: 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16390

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