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Actual causality, Joseph Y. Halpern

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Actual causality
Title
Actual causality
Statement of responsibility
Joseph Y. Halpern
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Subject
Language
eng
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.--
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DLC
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1953-
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Halpern, Joseph Y.
Dewey number
301.072
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Functional analysis
  • Probabilities
  • Causation
Label
Actual causality, Joseph Y. Halpern
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-224) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn939597238
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 229 pages
Isbn
9780262035026
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)939597238
Label
Actual causality, Joseph Y. Halpern
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-224) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn939597238
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 229 pages
Isbn
9780262035026
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)939597238

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