Hunting Causes and Using Them

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Hunting Causes and Using Them

By Nancy Cartwright

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Hunting Causes and Using Them argues that causation is not one thing, as commonly assumed, but many. There is a huge variety of causal relations, each with different characterizing features, different methods for discovery and different uses to which it can be put. In this collection of new and previously published essays, Nancy Cartwright provides a critical survey of philosophical and economic literature on causality, with a special focus on the currently fashionable Bayes-nets and invariance methods - and it exposes a huge gap in that literature. Almost every account treats either exclusively how to hunt causes or how to use them. But where is the bridge between? It's no good knowing how to warrant a causal claim if we don't know what we can do with that claim once we have it. This book will interest philosophers, economists and social scientists.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> Science

Hunting Causes and Using Them
Approaches in Philosophy and Economics
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 5/31/07
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511282400
ISBN 13: 9780511282409
Print ISBN: 9780521860819

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