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Manipulation and the Causal Markov Condition

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2022

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between a manipulability conception of causation and the causal Markov condition (CM). We argue that violations of CM also violate widely shared expectations—implicit in the manipulability conception—having to do with the absence of spontaneous correlations. They also violate expectations concerning the connection between independence or dependence relationships in the presence and absence of interventions.

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Causation and Bayesian Networks
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Copyright © 2004 by the Philosophy of Science Association

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