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When to expect violations of causal faithfulness and why it matters

Andersen, Holly (2012) When to expect violations of causal faithfulness and why it matters. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    I present three reasons why philosophers of science should be more concerned about violations of causal faithfulness (CF). In complex evolved systems, mechanisms for maintaining various equilibrium states are highly likely to violate CF. Even when such systems do not precisely violate CF, they may nevertheless generate precisely the same problems for inferring causal structure from probabilistic relationships in data as do genuine CF-violations. Thus, potential CF-violations are particularly germane to experimental science when we rely on probabilistic information to uncover the DAG, rather than already knowing the DAG from which we could predict the right experiments to ‘catch out’ the hidden causal relationships.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: causation, causal faithfulness, complexity, causal modelling, experiment
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
    General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Dr. Holly Andersen
    Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 12:02
    Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 12:02
    Item ID: 9204
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9204

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