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Relevance, not Invariance, Explanatoriness, not Manipulability: Discussion of Woodward on Explanatory Relevance.

Imbert, Cyrille (2012) Relevance, not Invariance, Explanatoriness, not Manipulability: Discussion of Woodward on Explanatory Relevance. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    In Woodward's causal model of explanation, explanatory information is information that is relevant to manipulation and control and that affords to change the value of some target explanandum variable by intervening on some other. Accordingly, the depth of an explanation is evaluated through the size of the domain of invariance of the generalization involved. In this paper, I argue that Woodward's treatment of explanatory relevance in terms of invariant causal relations is still wanting and suggest to evaluate the depth of an explanation through the size of the domain of circumstances that it designates as leaving the explanandum unchanged.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: explanation - Woodward - invariance - causal relations - causal explanation - depth - explanatory relevance - manipulability - control
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Explanation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Cyrille Imbert
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2012 12:22
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2012 12:22
    Item ID: 9254
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9254

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