Interventionist Causation in Thermodynamics

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Zwier, Karen R.
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The interventionist account of causation has been largely dismissed as a serious candidate for application in physics. This dismissal is related to the problematic assumption that physical causation is entirely a matter of dynamical evolution. In this paper, I offer a fresh look at the interventionist account of causation and its applicability to thermodynamics. I argue that the interventionist account of causation is the account of causation which most appropriately characterizes the theoretical structure and phenomenal behavior of thermodynamics.