On ‘Stabilising’ medical mechanisms, truth-makers and epistemic causality: a critique to Williamson and Russo’s approach

@article{Dragulinescu2011OnM,
  title={On ‘Stabilising’ medical mechanisms, truth-makers and epistemic causality: a critique to Williamson and Russo’s approach},
  author={Stefan Dragulinescu},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2011},
  volume={187},
  pages={785-800}
}
  • Stefan Dragulinescu
  • Published in Synthese 2011
  • Philosophy, Computer Science
  • In this paper I offer an anti-Humean critique to Williamson and Russo’s approach to medical mechanisms. I focus on one of the specific claims made by Williamson and Russo, namely the claim that micro-structural ‘mechanisms’ provide evidence for the stability across populations of causal relationships ascertained at the (macro-) level of (test) populations. This claim is grounded in the epistemic account of causality developed by Williamson, an account which—while not relying exclusively on… CONTINUE READING

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