Causal Generalizations




Generic Generalizations in Science

Abstract This article maintains that an important class of scientific generalizations should be reinterpreted: they have typically been understood as ceteris paribus laws, but are, in fact, generics. Four arguments are presented to support this thesis. One argument is that the interpretation in terms of ceteris paribus laws is a historical accident. The other three […] Read more

Internal seminars of the Chair

Two talks: (1) On generics ann (2) On the Variety of Evidence Thesis

Olivier and Jordan, with François as co-speaker, will test the talks that they will give at two events next week: one in Northern Ireland (Jordan and François) and one in Germany (Olivier and François). Our goal is also to let the other members of the team know some of our latest research developments. Papers will […] Read more


Causal Generalisations in Policy-oriented Economic Research: An Inferentialist Analysis

The most common way of analysing the meaning of causal generalisations relies on referentialist semantics. In this article, we instead develop an analysis based on inferentialist semantics. According to this approach, the meaning of a causal generalisation is constituted by the web of inferential connections in which the generalisation participates. We distinguish and discuss five […] Read more

Internal seminars of the Chair

Certaines généralisations en sciences sociales sont des génériques. Et alors?

Internal seminars of the Chair aim to present in more details the different research projects of the Chair to other team members. These seminars also help to get useful feedback from the team. If you are not a member of the Chair's team and would like to attend, please communicate with Jérémie Dion. This week, Jordan talks […] Read more

On the Meaning of Causal Generalizations in Policy-Oriented Social Science

Policy-oriented social science is replete with causal generalizations. Since these claims are blatantly false if interpreted as universally quantified propositions (i.e. as admitting no exceptions), what can they possibly mean? This research project offers tools to systematically investigate the possible meanings of causal generalizations. Related pages Read more


On the Meaning of Causal Generalisations in Policy-Oriented Economic Research

Abstract Current philosophical accounts of causation suggest that the same causal assertion can have different meanings. Yet, in actual social-scientific practice, the possible meanings of some causal generalisations intended to support policy prescriptions are not always spelled out. In line with a standard referentialist approach to semantics, we propose and elaborate on four questions to systematically elucidate the meaning […] Read more