Interventions, Agency, and Counterfactuals

James Woodward

in Making Things Happen

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195155273
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835089 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 						Interventions, Agency, and Counterfactuals

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This chapter clarifies the notion of an intervention and compares my version of this notion to the characterizations provided by other writers such as Glymour and Pearl. Very roughly, an intervention on a variable X with respect to a second variable Y is a special sort of causal process that changes the value of X in such a way that any change in the value of Y can occur only as a result of the change in Y. The chapter also discusses the relata of the causal relationship, causal realism, agency theories of causation, and the relationship between my account of causation and that of David Lewis.

Keywords: intervention; causal relata; causal realism; agency theories of causation

Chapter.  30608 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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