By James Woodward
In Making issues Happen, James Woodward develops a brand new and impressive entire conception of causation and clarification that pulls on literature from quite a few disciplines and which applies to a wide selection of claims in technological know-how and way of life. His conception is a manipulationist account, featuring that causal and explanatory relationships are relationships which are most likely exploitable for reasons of manipulation and regulate. This account has its roots within the common-sense concept that motives are capability for bringing approximately results; however it additionally attracts on a protracted culture of labor in experimental layout, econometrics, and statistics.
Woodward exhibits how those principles could be generalized to different components of technology from the social medical and biomedical contexts for which they have been initially designed. He additionally offers philosophical foundations for the manipulationist process, drawing out its implications, evaluating it with replacement ways, and protecting it from universal criticisms. In doing so, he indicates how the manipulationist account either illuminates very important positive factors of profitable causal clarification within the normal and social sciences, and avoids the counterexamples and problems that infect substitute methods, from the deductive-nomological version onwards.
Making issues Happen will curiosity philosophers operating within the philosophy of technology, the philosophy of social technological know-how, and metaphysics, and in addition to someone drawn to causation, rationalization, and medical technique.