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dc.contributor.authorPaul, L. A.
dc.contributor.authorHealy, Kieran
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-08T00:33:12Z
dc.date.available2017-11-08T00:33:12Z
dc.date.issued2018-06
dc.identifier247458354
dc.identifierd5e222c4-797d-4f13-ad63-b8cc7d5ed762
dc.identifier84999666535
dc.identifier000432029500005
dc.identifier.citationPaul , L A & Healy , K 2018 , ' Transformative treatments ' , Noûs , vol. 52 , no. 2 , pp. 320-335 . https://doi.org/10.1111/nous.12180en
dc.identifier.issn0029-4624
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10023/12030
dc.description.abstractContemporary social-scientific research seeks to identify specific causal mechanisms for outcomes of theoretical interest. Experiments that randomize populations to treatment and control conditions are the “gold standard” for causal inference. We identify, describe, and analyze the problem posed by transformative treatments. Such treatments radically change treated individuals in a way that creates a mismatch in populations, but this mismatch is not empirically detectable at the level of counterfactual dependence. In such cases, the identification of causal pathways is underdetermined in a previously unrecognized way. Moreover, if the treatment is indeed transformative it breaks the inferential structure of the experimental design. Transformative treatments are not curiosities or “corner cases,” but are plausible mechanisms in a large class of events of theoretical interest, particularly ones where deliberate randomization is impractical and quasi-experimental designs are sought instead. They cast long-running debates about treatment and selection effects in a new light, and raise new methodological challenges.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofNoûsen
dc.subjectB Philosophy (General)en
dc.subjectT-NDASen
dc.subject.lccB1en
dc.titleTransformative treatmentsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Philosophyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studiesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Arché Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemologyen
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/nous.12180
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.date.embargoedUntil2017-11-07


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