Tuesday, 25 September 2007
The Causal Chain Problem
Michael Baumgartner, University of Bern , Department of Philosophy
12:05 pm, 817R Cathedral of Learning
Abstract: This talk addresses a problem that arises when it comes to inferring causal chains from empirical data. It will be shown that to every causal chain there exists an empirically equivalent common cause structure. It will be argued that while modeling data in terms of causal chains is not empirically warrantable, it is justified by the fact.