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Perspectives on Causal Specificity

Sarwar, Ameer (2020) Perspectives on Causal Specificity. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Causal specificity is a measure of how important a cause is relative to another. Waters (2007) has developed a theory of causation that deals with specificity. Weber (2006, 2017a, 2017b) has thoroughly criticized it. I defend Waters’s theory by showing that non-systematicity is unproblematic. I also argue that Weber’s desiderata for theories of causation are too restrictive and insensitive to developments in biological technology. I finally challenge the most fundamental assumption in the framework of causal specificity—that bijective functions are most specific—thus calling for its reassessment.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Sarwar, Ameerameer.sarwar@mail.utoronto.ca
Keywords: Causal specificity; intervention; bijective functions; mappings
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Mr. Ameer Sarwar
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 02:48
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 02:48
Item ID: 17332
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17332

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