Causal Asymmetries


Causation is asymmetrical in many different ways. Causes precede effects; explanations cite causes not effects. Agents use causes to manipulate their effects; they don't use effects to manipulate their causes. Effects of a common cause are correlated; causes of a common effect are not. This book by one of the preeminent philosophers of science writing today offers the most comprehensive account available of causal asymmetries. It is a major book for philosophers of science that will also prove insightful to economists and statisticians.


 Reviews:

"...I can highly recommend the book to anyone working on causation...it is both broad and deep in the subjects it treats....my understanding of alternative views was certainly deepened by reading Hausman's work." John Collier, Philosophy in Review