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Causation in the social sciences: evidence,inference, and purpose

Reiss, Julian (2009) Causation in the social sciences: evidence,inference, and purpose. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 39 (1). pp. 20-40. ISSN 0048-3931

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Abstract

All univocal analyses of causation face counterexamples. An attractive response to this situation is to become a pluralist about causal relationships. “Causal pluralism” is itself, however, a pluralistic notion. In this article, I argue in favor of pluralism about concepts of cause in the social sciences. The article will show that evidence for, inference from, and the purpose of causal claims are very closely linked.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://pos.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2009 Sage
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2011 10:32
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/36461/

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