Causality in complex systems

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Título: Causality in complex systems
Autor/es: Usó i Domènech, Josep Lluís | Nescolarde-Selva, Josué Antonio | Lloret-Climent, Miguel
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Sistémica, Cibernética y Optimización (SCO) | Acústica Aplicada
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Matemática Aplicada
Palabras clave: Causality | Complexity | Causal chain | Causal link | Determination
Área/s de conocimiento: Matemática Aplicada
Fecha de publicación: 2017
Editor: Emerald
Cita bibliográfica: Kybernetes. 2017, 46(4): 590-602. doi:10.1108/K-08-2016-0195
Resumen: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is the study of the causal relationship. The concept called “naive” causality can be stated more generally as the belief (or knowledge) that results follow actions, and that these results are not random, but are consistently linked with causes. The authors have thus formed a very general and precarious concept of causality, but one that appropriately reflects the meaning of causality at the level of common sense. Design/methodology/approach – Mathematical and logical development of the causality in complex systems. Findings – There are three aspects of rationality that give the human mind a unique vision of reality: quantification: reduction of phenomena to quantitative terms; cause and effect: causal relationship, which allows predicting; and the necessary and valid use of (deterministic) mechanical models. This work is dedicated to the second aspect, that of causality, but at present leaves aside the discussion of possibility-necessity, proposing a modification to philosophical synthesis of causality specified by Bunge (1959), with contributions made by Patten et al. (1976) and LeShan and Margenau (1982). Originality/value – Causality is an epistemological category, because it concerns the experience and knowledge of the human subject, without being necessarily a property of reality.
Patrocinador/es: The Office of the Vice President of Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Alicante, supported this paper under project GRE15-13.
ISSN: 0368-492X (Print) | 1758-7883 (Online)
DOI: 10.1108/K-08-2016-0195
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: © Emerald Publishing Limited
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