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Department of Philosophy

Professor Nancy Cartwright : Papers on Evidence


  1. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'Knowing What We Are Talking About: Why Evidence Doesn’t Always Travel' Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, Volume 9, Number 1, January 2013 , pp. 97-112 (16).
  2. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'Will this Policy work for You? Predicting Effectiveness Better: How Philosophy Helps' Philosophy of Science, 79 (5) pp. 973-989, 2012.
  3. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'Predicting What Will Happen When We Act: What Counts as Warrant?' Preventive Medicine (53), September 2011, pp. 221- 224.
  4. Cartwright, Nancy D. and Bradburn, N. 'A Theory of Measurement', The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: Proceedings of the National Research Council Committee on Common Metrics. April 2011, pp. 53-70.
  5. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'A Philosopher's View of the Long Road from RCTs to Effectiveness', The Lancet (Art of Medicine Section), (377) 2011, pp. 1400-1401.
  6. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'Evidence, External Validity and Explanatory Relevance' The Philosophy of Science Matters: the Philosophy of Peter Achinstein, Morgan, G. (ed.), New York: OUP, 2011, pp. 15-28.
  7. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'Evidence-Based Policy: Where is our Theory of Evidence?' Journal of Children's Services (special edition), December 2009 4(4), pp. 6-14.
  8. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'Predicting "It Will Work for Us"; (Way) Beyond Statistics', Causality in the Sciences, Illari, P.M., Russo, F., and Williamson, J. (eds.), New York: OUP, 2010. pp. 750-768.
  9. Cartwright, Nancy D. with Eileen Munro, 'The Limitations of RCTs in Predicting Effectiveness', JECP issue on Philosophy in Medicine and Health Care, March/April 2010 16 (2), pp. 260-66.
  10. Cartwright, Nancy D and Bovens, L: Measuring the Impact of Philosophy, Science and Technology Parliamentary Committee Papers Research Funding Cuts, January 2010.
  11. Cartwright, Nancy D. What are Randomised Controlled Trials Good For, Philosophical Studies, 2010, 147 (1), pp.59-70.
  12. Cartwright, Nancy D. with Jacob Stegenga, 'A Theory of Evidence for Evidence-Based Policy', presented to the NRC Standing Committee on Social Science Evidence for Use, November 2008.
  13. Cartwright, Nancy D., 'Evidence for Evidence-Based Policy', presented at a Home Office Seminar on criminology and evidence, 10th June 2008.
  14. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'Evidence-Based Policy: Where is Our Theory of Evidence?' with the help of Andrew Goldfinch and Jeremy Howick in Philosophy: Foundations and Applications. Main Lectures and Colloquia Talks of the German Analytic Philosophy Conference GAP. 6, 2008, edited by A. Beckermann, H. Tetens and S. Walter, Paderborn: mentis-Verlag. Also as Technical Report 02/07 Contingency and Dissent in Science Series, 2007, CPNSS, LSE.
  15. Cartwright, Nancy D. and Damien Fennell, 'Does Roush Show Evidence Should be Probable?', Synthese April 2009 175(3), pp. 289-310.
  16. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'Evidence-Based Policy: What's To Be Done About Relevance', in Philosophical Models, Methods, and Evidence: Topics in the Philosophy of Science. Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy. Special issue of Philosophical Studies, Spring 2009.
  17. Cartwright, Nancy D. and Damien Fennell, 'Does Roush Show That Evidence Should Be Probable?', CPNSS Contingency and Dissent in Science Technical Report, 01/09.
  18. Cartwright, Nancy D. 'What is This Thing Called 'Efficacy'?', Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Philosophical Theory and Scientific Practice, 30 September 2009, C. Mantzavinos (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  19. Cartwright, Nancy D. with Sophia Efstathiou, 'Evidence-Based Policy and Its Ranking Schemes: So, Where's Ethnography?', presented at a conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists The Pitch of Ethnography, LSE, March 2008.
  20. Cartwright, Nancy D., 'Causal Claims: Warranting Them and Using Them', Chapter 3 in Part 1 of Nancy Cartwright's book Hunting Causes and Using Them, 2007, New York: Cambridge University Press.
  21. Cartwright, Nancy D., 'Are RCT's the Gold Standard?' in Biosocieties, 2007, 2, pp.11-20.