Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part I: Causes
Authors: Halpern, Joseph Y.; Pearl, Judea
Source: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Volume 56, Number 4, December 2005 , pp. 843-887(45)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:We propose a new definition of actual causes, using structural equations to model counterfactuals. We show that the definition yields a plausible and elegant account of causation that handles well examples which have caused problems for other definitions and resolves major difficulties in the traditional account. <LIST> <ITEM> Introduction </ITEM> <ITEM> Causal models: a review <ITEM> 2.1 Causal models </ITEM> <ITEM> 2.2 Syntax and semantics </ITEM></LIST></ITEM> <ITEM> The definition of cause </ITEM> <ITEM> Examples </ITEM> <ITEM> A more refined definition </ITEM> <ITEM> Discussion </ITEM></LIST> <ITEM> AAppendix: Some Technical Issues </ITEM></LIST> <ITEM> A.1 The active causal process </ITEM> <ITEM> A.2 A closer look at AC2(b) </ITEM> <ITEM> A.3 Causality with infinitely many variables </ITEM> <ITEM> A.4 Causality in nonrecursive models </ITEM></LIST>
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2005-12-01
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