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Review of James Woodward, Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation

  title={Review of James Woodward, Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation},
  author={Clark Glymour},
Despite its clarity and eloquence, Woodward’s wonderful book does not wear its virtues on its sleeve. You need the whole shirt. I aim to let those virtues show a bit more, and that requires some background to explain what Woodward has accomplished. Philosophical theories come chiefly in two flavors, Socratic and Euclidean. Socratic philosophical theories, whose paradigm is The Meno, advance an analysis (sometimes called an ‘explication’), a set of purportedly necessary and sufficient conditions… 
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