Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation
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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Introduction and Preview
Causation and Manipulation
Interventions Agency and Counterfactuals
Causal Explanation Background and Criticism
A Counterfactual Theory of Causal Explanation
Causal Interpretation in Structural Models
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