Systems without a graphical causal representation

Synthese 191 (8):1925-1930 (2014)
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Abstract

There are simple mechanical systems that elude causal representation. We describe one that cannot be represented in a single directed acyclic graph. Our case suggests limitations on the use of causal graphs for causal inference and makes salient the point that causal relations among variables depend upon details of causal setups, including values of variables.

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Daniel Hausman
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Naftali Weinberger
Tilburg Center For Logic, Ethics, And Philosophy Of Science (TiLPS - Tilburg University)
Reuben Stern
Duke University

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