The Interventionist Theory of Causation

  title={The Interventionist Theory of Causation},
  author={Alexander Reutlinger},
In his highly influential book Making Things Happen, James Woodward argues for an interventionist theory of causation. The key idea underlying interventionist accounts is that, roughly, X is a cause of Y iff there is a possible intervention on X that changes Y (see also Chapter 1). An intervention is a manipulation of the cause — and only of the cause — and it is assumed that the manipulation is, in principle, possible. It is important to observe that an intervention is neither restricted to… CONTINUE READING

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