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Single Idea 16848

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / g. Causal explanations]

Full Idea

Our most secure basis for causal inference is manipulation, as when flicking the switch causes the light to go on.

Gist of Idea

Causal inferences are clearest when we can manipulate things


Peter Lipton (Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd) [2004], 08 'From cause')

Book Reference

Lipton,Peter: 'Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd ed)' [Routledge 2004], p.133

A Reaction

Correct, but Woodward elevates this into an entire theory of causation, which does not convince me.