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From Metaphysics to Method: Comments on Manipulability and the Causal Markov Condition

By Nancy Cartwright
Topics: PHI
Year: 2006
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Provided by: SAS-SPACE

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  1. (1999). [2002]:’Against Modularity, the Causal Markov Condition and any Link between the Two’
  2. Cf Woodward’s principal claims/definitions in
  3. (2001). For a more extended discussion see Cartwright
  4. For brevity I here repress the other quantifiers and the other assumptions.
  5. (2002). my discussion of MOD versus
  6. See caveat in next section.
  7. See discussion in Section 6 for why I say ‘at best’.
  8. They still maintain this thesis in places in M&CMC and still sometimes conflate it with the weaker MOD*.
  9. Though not all cases. I think brute correlations may well occur in many situations; we want to be sure they aren’t happening whenever we draw causal conclusions from correlations.
  10. treatments the situation pictured in Graph 1 is ruled out by CM1. But recall that Hausman and Woodward do not assume CM1.
  11. We should make special note of this last as well, for it is a very strong notion of testability – we want to be able to test every single causal hypothesis about the variables in V.

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