By A. Reutlinger
This primary complete size remedy of interventionist theories of causation within the social sciences, the organic sciences and different higher-level sciences the offers unique counter arguments to contemporary traits within the debate and serves as worthwhile advent to the topic.
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Thus, the situation is that the researchers cannot isolate the effect of Silencin in the sense that they cannot extinguish stress relief as another cause of recovery. However, they can try to minimize the influence (by not designing the laboratory in a too comfortable and cosy style), or they can, at least, attempt to hold these other cause of recovery fixed such that all the patients are in the same (more or less stress relieving) environment. 32 The Interventionist Theory of Causation Having reconstructed and illustrated Woodward’s definitions of an intervention variable, let us now proceed to Woodward’s definition of an intervention.
Being conceptually non-reductive is a feature that is not genuine to interventionist theories of causation. As it will transpire in Chapter 8, my own comparative variability theory of causation shares this feature with the interventionist theory (without, however, relying on the notion of a possible intervention). The purpose of Chapter 7 is to preclude objections against the conceptually non-reductive character of comparative variability theory of causation in the special sciences (only as a side-effect, this chapter also defends interventionist theories in this respect).
E. those variables that are causally between X and Y), and (b) any causes of Y that are between I and X and have no effect on Y independently of X. 4) I is (statistically) independent of any variable Z that causes Y and that is on a directed path that does not go through X. ). Let us explore this rather lengthy definition of an intervention variable with the example of a randomized experiment – Woodward (2003: 94–8) uses a similar example for the purpose of illustration. Imagine the following scenario in a medical laboratory: the scientists in the laboratory want to find out whether the new drug Silencin cures tinnitus.