[SydPhil] Reminder: Measuring Causal Specificity @ Thu 9 Oct 2014 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Measuring Causal Specificity
Arnaud Pocheville, Karola Stotz and Paul Griffiths

  Measuring Causal Specificity

For any effect there are many conditions such that, had those conditions  
not held, the effect would not have occurred. Attempts by philosophers to  
single out some subset of these conditions as the causes, or the most  
salient causes, of the effect are too numerous to enumerate. It seems clear  
that this literature concerns more than one intuitive distinction amongst  
causes. For example, James Woodward has recently distinguished three ways  
in which one cause may be more significant than others: stability,  
proportionality, and specificity. Our focus is on the last of these three,  
causal specificity. The existing literature on causal specificity is mostly  
qualitative and much of it explicitly recognizes that the idea has not yet  
been made precise. Marcel Weber has suggested that the next step should be  
to propose a quantitative measure of specificity. In this article we  
propose such a measure and explore its behavior.
When: Thu 9 Oct 2014 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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