Chapter

No Causes in, No Causes out

Nancy Cartwright

in Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198235071
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198235070.003.0003

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

No Causes in, No Causes out

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This chapter argues that one cannot get knowledge of causes from equations and associations alone, using critical analyses of theoretical examples in physics and of attempts in the philosophy of science and economics (e.g. Granger causality and various probabilistic theories of causality) to reduce causal claims to probabilities. Old causal knowledge must be supplied for new causal knowledge to be had. Analysis of experimental methods and actual experiments (Stanford Gravity Probe) show how this can be done.

Keywords: Granger causality; probabilistic causality; probabilities

Chapter.  19057 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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