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On The Metaphysics of Probabilistic Causation: Lessons from Social Epidemiology

Glymour, Bruce (2002) On The Metaphysics of Probabilistic Causation: Lessons from Social Epidemiology. [Preprint]

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    I argue that the orthodox account of probabilistic causation, on which probabilistic causes determine the probability of their effects, is inconsistent with certain ontological assumptions implicit in scientific practice. In particular, scientists recognize the possibility that properties of populations can cause the behavior of members of the populations. Such emergent population level causation is metaphysically impossible on the orthodoxy.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Causation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1071
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1071

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