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Why Theories of Causality Need Production: an Information Transmission Account

Illari, PM; (2011) Why Theories of Causality Need Production: an Information Transmission Account. Philosophy and Technology , 24 (2) 95 - 114. 10.1007/s13347-010-0006-3. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, I examine the comparatively neglected intuition of production regarding causality. I begin by examining the weaknesses of current production accounts of causality. I then distinguish between giving a good production account of causality and a good account of production. I argue that an account of production is needed to make sense of vital practices in causal inference. Finally, I offer an information transmission account of production based on John Collier's work that solves the primary weaknesses of current production accounts: applicability and absences.

Type: Article
Title: Why Theories of Causality Need Production: an Information Transmission Account
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s13347-010-0006-3
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13347-010-0006-3
Language: English
Additional information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13347-010-0006-3.
Keywords: Causality, Production, Causal inference, Information Absences, Collier
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1370010
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