Reply to Daniel steel's "with or without mechanisms"

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (2):267-270 (2008)
In this discussion note I clarify the motivation behind my original paper "Social Mechanisms, Causal Inference and the Policy Relevance of Social Science." I argue that one of the tasks of philosophers of social science is to draw attention to methodological problems that are often forgotten or overlooked. Then I show that my original paper does not make the mistake or fallacy that Daniel Steel suggests in his comment on it. Key Words: social mechanisms • causal inference • social policy.
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DOI 10.1177/0048393108315559
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