In this Book

summary
Causality plays a central role in the way people structure the world; we constantly seek causal explanations for our observations. But what does it even mean that an event C “actually caused” event E? The problem of defining actual causation goes beyond mere philosophical speculation. For example, in many legal arguments, it is precisely what needs to be established in order to determine responsibility. The philosophy literature has been struggling with the problem of defining causality since Hume. In this book, Joseph Halpern explores actual causality, and such related notions as degree of responsibility, degree of blame, and causal explanation. The goal is to arrive at a definition of causality that matches our natural language usage and is helpful, for example, to a jury deciding a legal case, a programmer looking for the line of code that cause some software to fail, or an economist trying to determine whether austerity caused a subsequent depression. Halpern applies and expands an approach to causality that he and Judea Pearl developed, based on structural equations. He carefully formulates a definition of causality, and building on this, defines degree of responsibility, degree of blame, and causal explanation. He concludes by discussing how these ideas can be applied to such practical problems as accountability and program verification. Technical details are generally confined to the final section of each chapter and can be skipped by non-mathematical readers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 2: The HP Definition of Causality
  2. pp. 9-76
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  1. Chapter 3: Graded Causation and Normality
  2. pp. 77-106
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  1. Chapter 4: The Art of Causal Modeling
  2. pp. 107-138
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  1. Chapter 5: Complexity and Axiomatization
  2. pp. 139-168
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  1. Chapter 6: Responsibility and Blame
  2. pp. 169-186
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  1. Chapter 7: Explanation
  2. pp. 187-202
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  1. Chapter 8: Applying the Definitions
  2. pp. 203-214
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  1. References
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-229
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780262336611
Related ISBN
9780262035026
MARC Record
OCLC
957590577
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2016-09-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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