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COVID-19 and Control: An Essay from a Pragmatic Perspective on Science

Pernu, Tuomas K. (2020) COVID-19 and Control: An Essay from a Pragmatic Perspective on Science. Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how different (even conflicting) interventions on nature can be scientifically justified: interventions can be deemed "effective" only in relation to specific target variables - in relation to variables the values of which we seek to control. Choosing the "right" target variables, in turn, depends on our values and pragmatic aims. This essay is based on a presentation given at the symposium "Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic", organised at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies on 16 June 2020.


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Pernu, Tuomas K.
Keywords: causation; causal explanation; control; coronavirus; COVID-19; epidemiology; interventionism; pragmatism
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
Depositing User: Dr Tuomas K. Pernu
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2021 21:19
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2021 14:34
Item ID: 18689
Journal or Publication Title: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Publisher: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Epidemiology
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18689

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