A Functional Account of Causation

Publication Year:
2014
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10978
Author(s):
Woodward, James
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This essay advocates a “functional” approach to causation and causal reasoning: these are to be understood in terms of the goals and purposes of causal thinking. This approach is distinguished from accounts based on metaphysical considerations or on reconstruction of “intuitions”.