Accessible Requires Authentication Published by De Gruyter 2017

9. Interventionism’s Short-Sightedness

Lena Kästner

Summary

Woodward’s interventionism is designed to uncover causal relationships. While identifying causal relations is an important part of scientific practice, there is more to scientific explanation than just uncovering causal relations. For instance, we may be interested in constitutive relations in addition to causal ones. But even if interventionism is just intended to capture how scientists draw causal inferences, Woodward’s analysis remains incomplete. The exclusive focus on interventions in this context is rather short-sighted.

© 2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston