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Is race a cause?

Marcellesi, Alexandre (2012) Is race a cause? In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    Advocates of the counterfactual approach to causal inference argue that race isn’t a cause. I object that their argument is invalid and that its key premise is unwarranted. I also criticize the criterion, which I call ‘Holland’s rule’, the counterfactual approach relies on to distinguish causes from non-causes. Finally, I argue that racial discrimination cannot be causally explained unless one assumes race to be a cause. I conclude that the view that race is not a cause lacks support and that there are good reasons to adopt the opposite view that race is a cause.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: race, causation, counterfactual, Holland, Rubin
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    Specific Sciences > Economics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Mr. Alexandre Marcellesi
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2012 10:29
    Last Modified: 04 Nov 2012 10:29
    Item ID: 9402
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9402

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