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Conditioning of Events Versus Causal Conditioning

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Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 212)

Abstract

The present chapter is intended to report on the sense in which in the social sciences and their methodology people speak about causal conditioning. That conditioning is usually treated as a special type of relationship between events. On other occasions people speak about causal conditioning as a relation between characteristics or sets of characteristics (variables). In either case the relation of causal conditioning can be described as derivative from relationships among events, with additional constraints possibly imposed upon those relationships. According to the relationships among events taken into consideration and according to the said additional constraints one can point to the various interpretations of causal links. The methods of establishing those links are distinguished relatively independently from the way in which they are understood.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

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