On the Minimization Principle in the Boolean Approach to Causal Discovery

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I examine the role of minimization in the Boolean approach to causal discovery, focusing on a recent development of the approach, implemented in a method called Coincidence Analysis (CNA).  I present some prima facie counterexamples to the soundness of the minimization steps.  I discuss two possible responses to the challenge, and argue that while one (but not the other) of them is viable, it renders the role of minimization steps inessential in an important sense.  I end by suggesting that the trouble with the minimization principle arises out of locally uninstantiated regularities that regularity theorists have no reason to dismiss. 
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophical logic : current trends in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of AWOL-TPLC
EditorsSyraya Chin-Mu YANG, Kok Yong LEE, Hiroakira ONO
PublisherSpringer
Pages79 - 94
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9789811063541
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Publication statusPublished - 2017

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NameLogic in Asia: Studia Logica Library
PublisherSpringer Singapore
ISSN (Print)2364-4613

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ZHANG, J. (2017). On the Minimization Principle in the Boolean Approach to Causal Discovery. In S. C-M. YANG, K. Y. LEE, & H. ONO (Eds.), Philosophical logic : current trends in Asia: Proceedings of AWOL-TPLC (pp. 79 - 94). (Logic in Asia: Studia Logica Library). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6355-8_5
ZHANG, Jiji. / On the Minimization Principle in the Boolean Approach to Causal Discovery. Philosophical logic : current trends in Asia: Proceedings of AWOL-TPLC. editor / Syraya Chin-Mu YANG ; Kok Yong LEE ; Hiroakira ONO. Springer, 2017. pp. 79 - 94 (Logic in Asia: Studia Logica Library).
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ZHANG, J 2017, On the Minimization Principle in the Boolean Approach to Causal Discovery. in SC-M YANG, KY LEE & H ONO (eds), Philosophical logic : current trends in Asia: Proceedings of AWOL-TPLC. Logic in Asia: Studia Logica Library, Springer, pp. 79 - 94. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6355-8_5

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Philosophical logic : current trends in Asia: Proceedings of AWOL-TPLC. ed. / Syraya Chin-Mu YANG; Kok Yong LEE; Hiroakira ONO. Springer, 2017. p. 79 - 94 (Logic in Asia: Studia Logica Library).

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ZHANG J. On the Minimization Principle in the Boolean Approach to Causal Discovery. In YANG SC-M, LEE KY, ONO H, editors, Philosophical logic : current trends in Asia: Proceedings of AWOL-TPLC. Springer. 2017. p. 79 - 94. (Logic in Asia: Studia Logica Library). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6355-8_5