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The Logic of Causal Methods in Social Science

Frederick S. Ellett Jr. and David P. Ericson
Synthese
Vol. 57, No. 1 (Oct., 1983), pp. 67-82
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20115923
Page Count: 16
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The Logic of Causal Methods in Social Science
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Abstract

Two kinds of causal inference rules which are widely used by social scientists are investigated. Two conceptions of causation also widely used are explicated -- the INUS and probabilistic conceptions of causation. It is shown that the causal inference rules which link correlation, a kind of partial correlation, and a conception of causation are invalid. It is concluded a new methodology is required for causal inference.

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