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Making Things HappenA Theory of Causal Explanation$
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James Woodward

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195155273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195155270.001.0001

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Interventions, Agency, and Counterfactuals

Interventions, Agency, and Counterfactuals

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(p.94) 3 Interventions, Agency, and Counterfactuals
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Making Things Happen
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195155270.003.0003

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

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