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Reichenbach's Paradise : Constructing the Realm of Probabilstic Common "Causes" / Leszek Wronski.

By: Wronski, Leszek [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Warsaw ; Berlin : De Gruyter Open Poland, [2014]Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (125 p.).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783110372717.Subject(s): Electronic books | Philosophy (General) | Probabilities. Mathematical statistics | Common Cause Principle, Reichenbach, Probability, Causality | Wissenschaftstheorie | Sprachphilosophie | Online-Ressource | PHILOSOPHY / GeneralDDC classification: 191 Online resources: Open Access | Cover
Contents:
Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Figures / List of Tables -- Acknowledgments / Introduction -- 1 The Principle of the Common Cause: Its Shapes and Content -- 2 Screening Off and Explanation: Formal Properties -- 3 The Principle of the Common Cause and the Bell Inequalities -- 4 The Principle of the Common Cause and the Causal Markov Condition -- 5 Causal Closedness -- 6 Causal Completability -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary: Since its introduction by Hans Reichenbach, many philosophers have claimed to refute the idea - known as the common cause principle - that any surprising correlation between any two factors that do not directly influence one another is due to some common cause. For example, falsity of the principle is frequently inferred from falsifiability of Bell's inequalities. The author demonstrates, however, that the situation is not so straightforward. There is more than one version of the principle formulated with the use of different variants of Reichenbach-inspired notions; their falsity still remains an open question. The book traces different formulations of the principle and provides proofs of a few pertinent theorems, settling the relevant questions in various probability spaces. In exploring mathematical and philosophical issues surrounding the principle, the book offers both philosophical insight and mathematical rigor.
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Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Figures / List of Tables -- Acknowledgments / Introduction -- 1 The Principle of the Common Cause: Its Shapes and Content -- 2 Screening Off and Explanation: Formal Properties -- 3 The Principle of the Common Cause and the Bell Inequalities -- 4 The Principle of the Common Cause and the Causal Markov Condition -- 5 Causal Closedness -- 6 Causal Completability -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index

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Since its introduction by Hans Reichenbach, many philosophers have claimed to refute the idea - known as the common cause principle - that any surprising correlation between any two factors that do not directly influence one another is due to some common cause. For example, falsity of the principle is frequently inferred from falsifiability of Bell's inequalities. The author demonstrates, however, that the situation is not so straightforward. There is more than one version of the principle formulated with the use of different variants of Reichenbach-inspired notions; their falsity still remains an open question. The book traces different formulations of the principle and provides proofs of a few pertinent theorems, settling the relevant questions in various probability spaces. In exploring mathematical and philosophical issues surrounding the principle, the book offers both philosophical insight and mathematical rigor.

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.

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