Counterfactuals and causal structure


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© Oxford University Press, 2013. The structural account of causation derives inter alia from Herbert Simon's work on causal order and was developed in Hoover's Causality in Macroeconomics and earlier articles. The structural account easily connects to, enriches, and illuminates graphical or Bayes net approaches to causal representation and is able to handle modular, nonmodular, linear, and nonlinear causal systems. The representation is used to illuminate the mutual relationship between causal structure and counterfactuals, particularly addressing the role of counterfactuals in Woodward's manipulationist account of causation and Cartwright's attack on 'impostor counterfactuals'.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hoover, KD

Published Date

  • September 22, 2011

Book Title

  • Causality in the Sciences

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780199574131

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574131.003.0016

Citation Source

  • Scopus