Synthese 183 (3):409-427 (2011)

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James Woodward
University of Pittsburgh
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This paper defends an interventionist treatment of mechanisms and contrasts this with Waskan (forthcoming). Interventionism embodies a difference-making conception of causation. I contrast such conceptions with geometrical/mechanical or “actualist” conceptions, associating Waskan’s proposals with the latter. It is argued that geometrical/mechanical conceptions of causation cannot replace difference-making conceptions in characterizing the behavior of mechanisms, but that some of the intuitions behind the geometrical/mechanical approach can be captured by thinking in terms of spatio-temporally organized difference-making information.
Keywords Mechanism  Interventionist theory of causation  Difference-making  Perception of causation
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-011-9870-3
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