Comparing apples with oranges

Analysis 65 (1):12-18 (2005)
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Comparisons of causal efficacy are ubiquitous in the practice of science and indeed everyday life. I focus on just one aspect of this task – one to my knowledge nowhere yet addressed satisfactorily – namely, comparing the efficacies of two causes that work in apparently incommensurable ways. Contrary to common opinion I argue that, to be comparable, it is neither necessary nor sufficient that two causes also be commensurable.
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Causation, Prediction, and Search.Spirtes, Peter; Glymour, Clark & Scheines, Richard

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