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Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement$
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Nancy Cartwright

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198235071

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198235070.001.0001

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No Causes in, No Causes out

No Causes in, No Causes out

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(p.39) 2 No Causes in, No Causes out
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Nature's Capacities and Their Measurement
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DOI:10.1093/0198235070.003.0003

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

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