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Explanation and manipulation

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I argue that manipulationist theories of causation fail as accounts of causal structure, and thereby as theories of “actual causation” and causal explanation. I focus on two kinds of problem cases, which I call “Perceived Abnormality Cases” and “Ontological Dependence Cases.” The cases illustrate that basic facts about social systems—that individuals are sensitive to perceived abnormal conditions and that certain actions metaphysically depend on institutional rules—pose a challenge for manipu...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1111/nous.12202

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy
Oxford college:
Lincoln College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Noûs Journal website
Volume:
51
Issue:
3
Pages:
484-520
Publication date:
2017-04-12
DOI:
EISSN:
1468-0068
ISSN:
0029-4624
Pubs id:
pubs:729842
URN:
uri:dd9e4805-dde4-401d-b2eb-71ca7e8f4ce7
UUID:
uuid:dd9e4805-dde4-401d-b2eb-71ca7e8f4ce7
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pubs:729842
Paper number:
3
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