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Genetically caused trait is an interactive kind

Kõiv, Riin (2023) Genetically caused trait is an interactive kind. [Preprint]

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In this paper I argue that the extent to which a human trait is genetically caused can causally depend upon whether the trait is categorized within human genetics as genetically caused. This makes the kind genetically caused trait an interactive kind. I demonstrate that this thesis is both conceptually coherent and empirically plausible. I outline the core rationale of this thesis and demonstrate its conceptual coherence by drawing upon Waters’ (2007) analysis of genetic causation. I add empirical plausibility to the thesis by describing a hypothetical but empirically plausible mechanism by which the fact that obesity is categorized as genetically caused within human genetics increases the extent to which obesity is in fact genetically caused.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Kõiv, Riinriin.koiv@sydney.edu.au0000-0002-0781-6462
Keywords: genetic causation; human genetics; actual difference makers; interactive kinds; looping effect
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Riin Kõiv
Date Deposited: 26 May 2023 19:50
Last Modified: 26 May 2023 19:50
Item ID: 22151
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13194-023-00527-8
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Science and Society
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22151

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