Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Science - 410 pages
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Woodward's long awaited book is an attempt to construct a comprehensive account of causation explanation that applies to a wide variety of causal and explanatory claims in different areas of science and everyday life. The book engages some of the relevant literature from other disciplines, as Woodward weaves together examples, counterexamples, criticisms, defenses, objections, and replies into a convincing defense of the core of his theory, which is that we can analyze causation by appeal to the notion of manipulation.
 

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Contents

Introduction and Preview
3
Causation and Manipulation
25
Interventions Agency and Counterfactuals
94
Causal Explanation Background and Criticism
152
A Counterfactual Theory of Causal Explanation
187
Invariance
239
Causal Interpretation in Structural Models
315
The Causal Mechanical and Unificationist Models of Explanation
350
Afterword
374
Notes
376
References
398
Index
407
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James Woodward, Professor of Philosophy, California Institute of Technology.

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