The Manipulability Account of Causation Applied to Typical Physical Systems

  • Louis Vervoort Université du Québec à Montréal
Mots-clés: cause, causation, manipulability, modularity, physical system, coupling

Résumé

In the following we will apply the manipulability theory of causation of Woodward (2004) to physical systems, and show that, in the context of physical systems, the theory can be simplified. Elaborating on an argument by Cartwright, we will argue that the notions of ‘modularity’ and ‘intervention’ of the cited work should be adapted for typical physical systems, in order to take into account the coupling of system equations. We will show that this allows the reduction of all cause types discussed in Woodward (2004) to only one, namely that of ‘total cause’. We therefore claim that the manipulability account can be drastically simplified when applied to coupled physical systems

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Publiée
2018-07-03
Comment citer
Vervoort, L. (2018). The Manipulability Account of Causation Applied to Typical Physical Systems. Lato Sensu: Revue De La Société De Philosophie Des Sciences, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.20416/lsrsps.v1i1.43
Rubrique
Actes du congrès 2012 (hors thème)