Erkenntnis:1-14 (2018)

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Beate Krickel
Technische Universität Berlin
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While ideal interventions are acknowledged by many as valuable tools for the analysis of causation, recent discussions have shown that, since there are no ideal interventions on upper-level phenomena that non-reductively supervene on their underlying mechanisms, interventions cannot—contrary to a popular opinion—ground an informative analysis of constitution. This has led some to abandon the project of analyzing constitution in interventionist terms. By contrast, this paper defines the notion of a horizontally surgical intervention, and argues that, when combined with some innocuous metaphysical principles about the relation between upper and lower levels of mechanisms, that notion delivers a sufficient condition for constitution. This, in turn, strengthens the case for an interventionist analysis of constitution.
Keywords mechanistic explanation  interventionism  causation  causal modelling  constitutive relevance  mechanistic constitution
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-018-0033-5
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