Agency, Causation, and Empiricism


DAVOODY BENI M.

THEORIA-A SWEDISH JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, vol.87, no.3, pp.729-751, 2021 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 87 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/theo.12311
  • Journal Name: THEORIA-A SWEDISH JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, L'Année philologique, Humanities Abstracts, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, Philosopher's Index, zbMATH, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.729-751
  • Keywords: agency theory of causation, constructive empiricism, Bertrand Russell
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Price claims that the agency theory of causation could be understood as a sophisticated form of either realism or empiricism (but not a simple-minded form of any of them). In this paper, I argue that the agency theory could find a more congenial ally in constructive empiricism (rather than realism) and show that this new alliance would be profitable to both constructive empiricism and the agency theory of causation.