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Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation

James Woodward


This book develops a manipulationist theory of causation and explanation: causal and explanatory relationships are relationships that are potentially exploitable for purposes of manipulation and control. The resulting theory is a species of counterfactual theory that (I claim) avoids the difficulties and counterexamples that have infected alternative accounts of causation and explanation, from the Deductive-Nomological model onwards. One of the key concepts in this theory is the notion of an intervention, which is an idealization of the notion of an experimental manipulation that is stripped o ... More

Keywords: Causation, explanation, manipulation, intervention, law of nature, invariance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195155273
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195155270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Woodward, author
California Institute of Technology
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