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Making things happen : a theory of causal explanation

Author: James F Woodward
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Series: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Making Things Happen, James Woodward develops a comprehensive theory of causation and explanation that draws on literature from a variety of disciplines and which applies to a wide variety of claims in science and everyday life. His theory is a manipulationist account, proposing that causal and explanatory relationships are relationships that are potentially exploitable for purposes of manipulation and control.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James F Woodward
ISBN: 0195155270 9780195155273
OCLC Number: 123124350
Description: vi, 410 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction and Preview --
2. Causation and Manipulation --
3. Interventions, Agency, and Counterfactuals --
4. Causal Explanation: Background and Criticism --
5. A Counterfactual Theory of Causal Explanation --
6. Invariance --
7. Causal Interpretation in Structural Models --
8. The Causal Mechanical and Unificationist Models of Explanation.
Series Title: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
Responsibility: James Woodward.

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Presents an account of causation explanation that applies to causal and explanatory claims in different areas of science and everyday life. This book weaves together examples, counterexamples,  Read more...

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