PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Intervention and the flow of information

In this presentation we argue that formal, information theoretic approaches represent the best way to further develop the interventionist approach to causation. Measures of degree of causal influence are not an additional piece of apparatus that can be added to an interventionist criterion of causation. Rather they are powerful, general ways to state such accounts. They allow us to make precise additional dimensions of causal explanation whose importance has long been recognized in philosophy. They also provide the ideal locus for intellectual exchange between the philosophy of causation and the scientific study of causation in complex networks.

Author Information:

Paul Griffiths    
Department of Philosophy
University of Sydney

Arnaud Pocheville    
Department of Philosophy
University of Sydney

 

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