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Causation in Science and the Methods of Scientific Discovery

Rani Lill Anjum and Stephen Mumford


Some of the chief goals of science are understanding, explanation, prediction, and application in new technologies. Only if the world has some significant degree of constancy in what follows from what can these activities be conducted with any purpose. But what is the source of such predictability and how does it operate? This is a question that goes beyond science itself and inevitably requires a philosophical approach. It is argued in such terms that causation is the main foundation upon which the possibility of science rests. But what methods should we adopt in order to identify causes in s ... More

Keywords: science, causation, methods, norms, philosophy, prediction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198733669
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198733669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rani Lill Anjum, author
Researcher, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Stephen Mumford, author
Professor of Metaphysics/Professor II, Durham University/Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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