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Venetian Sea Levels, British Bread Prices and the Principle of the Common Cause: A Reassessment

San Pedro, Iñaki (2010) Venetian Sea Levels, British Bread Prices and the Principle of the Common Cause: A Reassessment. In: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    It is still a controversial issue whether Reichenbach’s Principle of the Common Cause (RPCC) is a sound method for causal inference. In fact, the status of the principle has been a subject of intense philosophical debate. An extensive literature has been thus generated both with arguments in favor and against the adequacy of the principle. A remarkable argument against the principle, first proposed by Elliott Sober (Sober, 1987, 2001), consists on a counterexample which involves corelations between bread prices in Britain and sea levels in Venice. The aim of this paper is to put into perspective criticisms to RPCC of the kind of Sober’s in the light of recent formal results regarding the so-called extendability and common cause completability.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Common Cause, Reichenbach´s Principle of the common cause, Venetian sea levels and British bread prices
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Dr Iñaki San Pedro
    Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5299
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5299

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