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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.

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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. © Springer-Verlag 2010.

Type:Article
Title:Why theories of causality need production: An information transmission account
DOI:10.1007/s13347-010-0006-3
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies

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