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 AWPL-TPLC 2016
EditorsSyraya Chin-Mu YANG, Kok Yong LEE, Hiroakira ONO
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9789811063541
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 3rd Asian Workshop on Philosophical Logic (AWPL-2016) - National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 8 Oct 20168 Oct 2016

Publication series

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


ConferenceThe 3rd Asian Workshop on Philosophical Logic (AWPL-2016)
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


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