Having spent considerable time studying the vexing problems related to causation in philosophy, I was immediately intrigued when I learned that companies and other organizations routinely engage in or perform what they call root cause analyses, or RCAs. I recently had the opportunity to take the courses and training in order to perform RCAs, and have subsequently performed a few such analyses. The purpose of this note is to simply share this information about the use of causal concepts in practice back to philosophers. A deeper philosophical analysis will be offered in a forthcoming paper.
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