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Cartwright's Theorem and Procedural Approach to Causality

Kawalec, Pawel (2004) Cartwright's Theorem and Procedural Approach to Causality. [Preprint]

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N. Cartwright's recent results on invariance under intervention and causality (2003) are reconsidered. Procedural approach to causality elicited in this paper and contrasted with Cartwright's apparently philosophical one unravels certain ramifications of her results. The procedural approach seems to license only a constrained notion of intervention and in consequence the "correctness to invariance" part of Cartwright's first theorem fails for a class of cases. The converse "invariance to correctness" part of the theorem relies heavily on modeling assumptions which prove to be difficult to validate in practice and are often buttressed by independently acquired evidence.

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Item Type: Preprint
Kawalec, Pawel
Keywords: causality, invariance, Nancy Cartwright
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Pawel Kawalec
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 1801
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Date: June 2004

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