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What We Talk About When We Talk About Causality

Bogen, Jim (2001) What We Talk About When We Talk About Causality. [Preprint]

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This paper compares the relative merits of two alternatives to traditional accounts of causal explanation: Jim Woodward's counterfactual invariance account, and the Mechanistic account of Machamer, Darden, and Craver. Mechanism wins (a) because we have good causal explanations for chaotic effects whose production does not exhibit the counterfactual regularities Woodward requires, and (b)because arguments suggested by Belnap's and Green's discussion of prediction (in'Facing the Future' chpt 6)show that the relevant counterfactuals about ideal interventions on non-deterministic and deterministic systems lack truth value.

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Item Type: Preprint
Bogen, Jim
Keywords: causal explanation, Woodward, Mechanism, Machamer-Darden-Craver
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: jim bogen
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2001
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 361
Public Domain: No

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