SEMINARIO UNED: MARÍA JIMÉNEZ BUEDO

Fecha: 
09/05/2016
Información: 
Seminario del Dpto. de Lógica, Historia y Filosofía de la ciencia (UNED)

LUNES 9 DE MAYO, 14.00 (Sala 06 de Filosofía, UNED)

María Jiménez Buedo (UNED): "Causality and Reactivity in Social Scientific Experiments"
 
 
Abstract:
 
The upsurge in social science experimentation that has taken place in the last two decades is partly (if not mainly) based on the idea that experiments have a privileged access to causal identification and inference. In the case of laboratory experiments with humans, though, a pervasive potential threat to the intelligibility of results for inferential purposes comes in the form of demand effects of experimentation. Reactivity, or the phenomenon by which subjects tend to modify their behavior in virtue of their being studied upon, is often cited as one of the most important difficulties involved in social scientific experiments, and yet, there is to date a persistent conceptual muddle dealing with its many forms. By drawing on an interventionist account of causality, à la Woodward, this paper offers some useful distinctions between different types of reactivity and their consequences for causal inference.