Of Miracles and Interventions

Erkenntnis 78 (1):43-64 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In Making Things Happen, James Woodward influentially combines a causal modeling analysis of actual causation with an interventionist semantics for the counterfactuals encoded in causal models. This leads to circularities, since interventions are defined in terms of both actual causation and interventionist counterfactuals. Circularity can be avoided by instead combining a causal modeling analysis with a semantics along the lines of that given by David Lewis, on which counterfactuals are to be evaluated with respect to worlds in which their antecedents are realized by miracles. I argue, pace Woodward, that causal modeling analyses perform just as well when combined with the Lewisian semantics as when combined with the interventionist semantics. Reductivity therefore remains a reasonable hope

Similar books and articles

Getting rid of interventions.Alexander Reutlinger - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (4):787-795.
Interventionist counterfactuals.Rachael Briggs - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 160 (1):139-166.
Interventionist decision theory.Reuben Stern - 2017 - Synthese 194 (10):4133-4153.

Analytics

Added to PP
2013-03-14

Downloads
702 (#25,722)

6 months
112 (#47,737)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Luke Fenton-Glynn
University College London

Citations of this work

Against Counterfactual Miracles.Cian Dorr - 2016 - Philosophical Review 125 (2):241-286.
Causation and manipulability.James Woodward - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
A theory of structural determination.J. Dmitri Gallow - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (1):159-186.

View all 11 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

Causality: Models, Reasoning and Inference.Judea Pearl - 2000 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
Causality.Judea Pearl - 2000 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
Causation as influence.David Lewis - 2000 - Journal of Philosophy 97 (4):182-197.

View all 27 references / Add more references