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Is determinism more favorable than indeterminism for the causal Markov condition?

Drouet, Isabelle (2008) Is determinism more favorable than indeterminism for the causal Markov condition? In: [2008] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    The present text comments on a paper by Daniel Steel, in which the author claims to extent from the deterministic to the general case the result according to which the causal Markov condition is satisfied by systems with jointly independent exogenous variables. I show that Steel's claim cannot be accepted unless one is prepared to abandon standard causal modeling terminology. Correlatively, I argue that the most fruitful aspect of Steel's paper consists in a realist conception of error terms and I show how this conception sheds new light on the relationship between determinism and the causal Markov condition.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Bayesian networks, causal Markov condition
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Isabelle Drouet
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4287
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4287

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