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Erkenntnis 68 (2):149-68 (2008)

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Toby Handfield
Monash University
Charles R. Twardy
George Mason University
Graham Oppy
Monash University
Abstract
This paper presents an attempt to integrate theories of causal processes—of the kind developed by Wesley Salmon and Phil Dowe—into a theory of causal models using Bayesian networks. We suggest that arcs in causal models must correspond to possible causal processes. Moreover, we suggest that when processes are rendered physically impossible by what occurs on distinct paths, the original model must be restricted by removing the relevant arc. These two techniques suffice to explain cases of late preëmption and other cases that have proved problematic for causal models.
Keywords Causation  Causal models  Processes  Counterfactuals  Preëmption
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-007-9060-3
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