When to expect violations of causal faithfulness and why it matters

Philosophy of Science (5):672-683 (2013)
Abstract
I present three reasons why philosophers of science should be more concerned about violations of causal faithfulness (CF). In complex evolved systems, mechanisms for maintaining various equilibrium states are highly likely to violate CF. Even when such systems do not precisely violate CF, they may nevertheless generate precisely the same problems for inferring causal structure from probabilistic relationships in data as do genuine CF-violations. Thus, potential CF-violations are particularly germane to experimental science when we rely on probabilistic information to uncover the DAG, rather than already knowing the DAG from which we could predict the right experiments to ‘catch out’ the hidden causal relationships.
Keywords causation  complexity  causal faithfulness
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1086/673937
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Independence, Invariance and the Causal Markov Condition.DM Hausman & J. Woodward - 1999 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (4):521-583.
Modularity and the Causal Markov Condition: A Restatement.Daniel M. Hausman & James Woodward - 2004 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 55 (1):147-161.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
The Three Faces of Faithfulness.Jiji Zhang & Peter Spirtes - 2016 - Synthese 193 (4):1011-1027.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Emergent Causation.Simon Prosser - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 159 (1):21-39.
Manipulation and the Causal Markov Condition.Daniel Hausman & James Woodward - 2004 - Philosophy of Science 71 (5):846-856.
Causal Modeling and the Statistical Analysis of Causation.Gurol Irzik - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:12 - 23.
Causal Laws and Singular Causation.Brian Ellis - 2000 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (2):329-351.
Causal Processes and Causal Interactions.Douglas Ehring - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:24 - 32.
A Comparison of Three Occam's Razors for Markovian Causal Models.J. Zhang - 2012 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 64 (2):423-448.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2012-07-19

Total downloads

152 ( #31,028 of 2,172,698 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

33 ( #8,447 of 2,172,698 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums