Methodology, ontology, and interventionism

Synthese 192 (11):3577-3599 (2015)

James Woodward
University of Pittsburgh
This paper defends an interventionist account of causation by construing this account as a contribution to methodology, rather than as a set of theses about the ontology or metaphysics of causation. It also uses the topic of causation to raise some more general issues about the relation between, on the one hand, methodology, and, on the other hand, ontology and metaphysics, as these are understood in contemporary philosophical discussion, particularly among so-called analytic metaphysicians. It concludes with the suggestion that issues about the ontology of causation often can be fruitfully reconstrued as methodological proposals
Keywords Methodology  Ontology  Causation  interventionism   Causal Claims and Hypothetical Experiments
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0479-1
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