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Interventionist Causation in Thermodynamics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2022

Abstract

The interventionist account of causation has been largely dismissed as a serious candidate for application in physics. This dismissal is related to the problematic assumption that physical causation is entirely a matter of dynamical evolution. In this article, I offer a fresh look at the interventionist account of causation and its applicability to thermodynamics. I argue that the interventionist account of causation is the account of causation that most appropriately characterizes the theoretical structure and phenomenal behavior of thermodynamics.

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Philosophy of Science , Volume 84 , Issue 5 , December 2017 , pp. 1303 - 1315
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I thank Sandra Mitchell, John Norton, James Woodward, and two anonymous reviewers for their comments on earlier versions of this article.

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