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Causal Asymmetries

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Overview

Causation is asymmetrical in many different ways. Causes precede effects; explanations cite causes not effects. Agents use causes to manipulate their effects; they don't use effects to manipulate their causes. Effects of a common cause are correlated; causes of a common effect are not. This book by one of the preeminent philosophers of science writing today offers the most comprehensive account available of causal asymmetries. It is a major book for philosophers of science that will also prove insightful to economists and statisticians.

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"...I can highly recommend the book to anyone working on causation...it is both broad and deep in the subjects it treats....my understanding of alternative views was certainly deepened by reading Hausman's work." John Collier, Philosophy in Review
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Table of Contents

List of figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction: causation and its asymmetries; 1. Metaphysical pictures and wishes; 1*. Transfer theories; 2. Is causation a relation among events?; 3. Causation, regularities and time: Hume's theory; 4. Causation and independence; 4*. Causation, independence and causal connection; 5. Agency theory; 5*. Causal generalizations and agency; 6. The counterfactual theory; 6*. Independence and counterfactual dependence; 7. Counterfactuals, agency and independence; 7*. Agency, counterfactuals and independence; 8. Causation, explanation and laws; 8*. Causation, explanation and independent alterability; 9. Probabilistic causation; 10. Causation and conditional probabilities; 10*. Causal graphs and conditional probabilistic dependencies; 11. Intervention, robustness and probabilistic dependence; 11*. Interventions and conditional probabilities; 12. Operationalizing and revising the independence theory; 12*. Probability distributions and causation; 13. Complications and conclusions; Appendix A: alphabetical list of propositions; Appendix B: list of theorems; References; Index.

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