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Structural Equations and Causation

N. Hall
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 132, No. 1, Selected Papers from the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 2006 Meeting (Jan., 2007), pp. 109-136
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25471849
Page Count: 28
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Structural Equations and Causation
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Abstract

Structural equations have become increasingly popular in recent years as tools for understanding causation. But standard structural equations approaches to causation face deep problems. The most philosophically interesting of these consists in their failure to incorporate a distinction between default states of an object or system, and deviations therefrom. Exploring this problem, and how to fix it, helps to illuminate the central role this distinction plays in our causal thinking.

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