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Making Time Stand Still: A Response to Sober's Counter‐Example to the Principle of the Common Cause

Daniel Steel

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 54, issue 2, pages 309-317
Published in print June 2003 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online June 2003 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/54.2.309
Making Time Stand Still: A Response to Sober's Counter‐Example to the Principle of the Common Cause

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In a recent article, Elliot Sober responds to challenges to a counter‐example that he posed some years earlier to the Principle of the Common Cause (PCC). I agree that Sober has indeed produced a genuine counter‐example to the PCC, but argue against the methodological moral that Sober wishes to draw from it. Contrary to Sober, I argue that the possibility of exceptions to the PCC does not undermine its status as a central assumption for methods that endeavor to draw causal conclusions from statistical data.

1 The PCC and the counter‐example

2 Making non‐stationary time series stand still

3 Sober's alternative

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Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Science and Mathematics

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