Why look at causality in the sciences? A manifesto

Phyllis McKay Illari, Federica Russo and Jon Williamson

in Causality in the Sciences

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199574131
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728921 | DOI:
Why look at causality in the sciences? A manifesto

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This introduction to the volume begins with a manifesto that puts forward two theses: first, that the sciences are the best place to turn in order to understand causality; second, that scientifically‐informed philosophical investigation can bring something to the sciences too. Next, the chapter goes through the various parts of the volume, drawing out relevant background and themes of the chapters in those parts. Finally, the chapter discusses the progeny of the papers and identifies some next steps for research into causality in the sciences.

Keywords: causality; causation; sciences; probability; statistics; mechanisms

Chapter.  9125 words. 

Subjects: Logic

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