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The why of things : causality in science, medicine, and life

The why of things : causality in science, medicine, and life

Author: Peter V Rabins
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

From the author of the landmark bestseller The-Thirty-Six-Hour-Day comes a lucid, engaging, and nuanced treatment of one of the essential questions in science, medicine, and life: "Why?"

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter V Rabins
ISBN: 9780231164726 0231164726 9780231164733 0231164734
OCLC Number: 942848857
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: 2013.
Description: x, 278 pages
Contents: Historical overview: the four approaches to causality --
The three-facet model: an overview --
The answer is either "no" or "yes": causality as a categorical concept --
Probabilities, odds, and risks: predispositions and provocations as causes --
A third model of causality: the emergent, nonlinear approach --
Empirical: the physical sciences --
Empirical: the biological sciences --
Empirical: epidemiology --
Narrative truth: the empathic method --
Cause in the ecclesiastic tradition --
Seeking the why of things: the model applied.
Responsibility: Peter V. Rabins.


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Peter Rabins shows incredible breadth of knowledge and his thesis-that there are three distinct approaches to causation, appropriate for different types of questions-is compelling. His writing is Read more...

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