The Compatibility of Differential Equations and Causal Models Reconsidered
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Weber argues that causal modelers face a dilemma when they attempt to model systems in which the underlying mechanism operates according to some set of differential equations. The first horn is that causal models of these systems leave out certain causal effects. The second horn is that causal models of these systems leave out time-dependent derivatives, and doing so distorts reality. Either way causal models of these systems leave something important out. I argue that Weber’s reasons for thinking causal modeling is limited in this domain are lacking.
I wish to thank James DiFrisco, Bruce Glymour, Valerie Racine, Marcel Weber, and two anonymous referees for various helpful suggestions on previous drafts of this paper.
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