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James Woodward

in Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195155273
eISBN:
9780199835089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195155270.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter considers what the goal of a theory of causation and explanation should be and some of the constraints--epistemic and otherwise--that such a theory should satisfy. Causal and explanatory ... More


Counterfactuals and causal structure

Kevin D. Hoover

in Causality in the Sciences

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199574131
eISBN:
9780191728921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574131.003.0016
Subject:
Mathematics, Logic / Computer Science / Mathematical Philosophy

The structural account of causation derives inter alia from Herbert Simon's work on causal order and was developed in Hoover's Causality in Macroeconomics and earlier articles. The structural account ... More


Singular and general causal relations: A mechanist perspective

Stuart Glennan

in Causality in the Sciences

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199574131
eISBN:
9780191728921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574131.003.0037
Subject:
Mathematics, Logic / Computer Science / Mathematical Philosophy

What is the connection between general causal relations, like the relation between heating butter and butter melting, and singular causal relations, like the relation between my heating butter on my ... More


Complex Causality and Simplified Representation

Angela Potochnik

in Idealization and the Aims of Science

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226507057
eISBN:
9780226507194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226507194.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter establishes the most basic consequence of science performed by humans in a complex world, namely, widespread idealization. The first step is the idea that much of science is profitably ... More


Contemporary Efficient Causation: Humean Themes

Douglas Ehring

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter provides a review of the main contemporary non-Aristotelian or non–disposition-based theories of causation—Humean theories in a broad sense, but including nonreductionist accounts. Focus ... More


Scientific Explanation

Denis Bonnay

in The Philosophy of Science: A Companion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190690649
eISBN:
9780190690670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190690649.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

One of the major aims of science, it is commonly held, is to provide explanations. Philosophers of science have tried to understand what it is to provide a scientific explanation, what distinguishes ... More


Causality

Max Kistler

in The Philosophy of Science: A Companion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190690649
eISBN:
9780190690670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190690649.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Does science need a concept of causality, and if it does, how may this concept be analyzed? The chapter introduces to the main debates regarding causality in contemporary philosophy of science. ... More


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