ISBN : 9780198746911
Making a Difference presents fifteen original essays on causation and counterfactuals by an international team of experts. Collectively, they represent the state of the art on these topics. The essays in this volume are inspired by the life and work of Peter Menzies, who made a difference in the lives of students, colleagues, and friends. Topics covered include: the semantics of counterfactuals, agency theories of causation, the context-sensitivity of causal claims, structural equation models, mechanisms, mental causation, causal exclusion argument, free will, and the consequence argument.
1 Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock and Huw Price: Introduction
2 Daniel Nolan: Causal Counterfactuals and Impossible Worlds
3 Rachael Briggs: Two Interpretations of the Ramsey Test
4 Cei Maslen: Pragmatic Explanations of the Proportionality Constraint on Causation
5 Huw Price: Causation, Intervention, and Agency: Woodward on Menzies and Price
6 David Braddon-Mitchell: The Glue of the Universe
7 Christopher Hitchcock: Actual Causation: What's the Use?
8 Nancy Cartwright: Can Structural Equations Explain How Mechanisms Explain?
9 Peter Menzies: The Problem of Counterfactual Isomorphs
10 Thomas Blanchard and Jonathan Schaffer: Cause without Default
11 Brad Weslake: Difference-making, Closure and Exclusion
12 Philip Pettit: The Program Model, Difference-makers, and the Exclusion Problem
13 James Woodward: Intervening in the Exclusion Argument
14 Christian List and Peter Menzies: My Brain Made Me Do It: The Exclusion Argument Against Free Will, and What's Wrong With It
15 Helen Beebee: Epiphenomenalism for Functionalists
16 Peter Menzies: The Consequence Argument Disarmed: an Interventionist Perspective