Causation as a Secondary Quality

  title={Causation as a Secondary Quality},
  author={Peter Menzies and Huw Price},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={187 - 203}
  • P. Menzies, H. Price
  • Published 1 June 1993
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
In this paper we defend the view that the ordinary notions of cause and effect have a direct and essential connection with our ability to intervene in the world as agents.' This is a well-known but rather unpopular philosophical approach to causation, often called the manipulability theory. In the interests of brevity and accuracy, we prefer to call it the agency theory.2 Thus the central thesis of an agency account of causation is something like this: an event A is a cause of a distinct event… 
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