Causality, mosaics, and the health sciences

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 37 (2):161-168 (2016)
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Abstract

Thinking about illness causation has a long and rich history in medicine. After a hiatus in the 1990s, the last one-and-a-half decades have seen a surge of publications on causality in the biomedical sciences. Interestingly, this surge is visible not only in the medical, epidemiological, bioinformatics, and public health literatures, but also among philosophical publications. In this essay, I review and discuss one most recent addition to the literature, "Causality: Philosophical Theory Meets Scientific Practice" written by philosophers Phyllis Illari and Federica Russo about causality in the sciences, and particularly about the health sciences.

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