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Experimental Indistinguishability of Causal Structures

Eberhardt, Frederick (2013) Experimental Indistinguishability of Causal Structures. Philosophy of Science, 80 (5). pp. 684-696. ISSN 0031-8248. doi:10.1086/673865. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20140227-092549193

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Abstract

Using a variety of different results from the literature, I show how causal discovery with experiments is limited unless substantive assumptions about the underlying causal structure are made. These results undermine the view that experiments, such as randomized controlled trials, can independently provide a gold standard for causal discovery. Moreover, I present a concrete example in which causal underdetermination persists despite exhaustive experimentation and argue that such cases undermine the appeal of an interventionist account of causation as its dependence on other assumptions is not spelled out.


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Official Citation:Experimental Indistinguishability of Causal Structures Frederick Eberhardt Philosophy of Science , Vol. 80, No. 5 (December 2013) , pp. 684-696 Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Philosophy of Science Association Article DOI: 10.1086/673865 Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/673865
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