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Book Influences: Philosophy of Science - Causation

Causality: Models, Reasoning and Inference Pearl Want to know something about the state of the art in the epistemology of causation, causal modelling, etc? Read this book.
Causation and Modern Science Bunge Bunge shows why subsuming all determination under the notion of "causation" is misleading. With this done, he can then defend the thesis that causation is a limiting case of other modes of determination, and thus approximately is the mode of becoming to a greater or lesser degree. This third edition of the book also includes responses to critics and a new introduction. Despite the main text's age, it can still be profitable for those working on causation these days to study it.
Counterfactuals and Causal Inference: Methods and Principles for Social Research Morgan and Winship This is primarily a clear and well worked out book on relatively new statistical methods. The innovations center around inferring actual causal relationships. Corrolation does not imply causation, but corrolation plus other assumptions, if justified, do. This book is about exploring the other assumptions, both in the formalism and without. It is in the latter case where the techniques touch philosophy. (The authors even suggest a realist attitude is needed in order to properly discover causation.)
Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation Woodward If Pearl's book is too formal for you, or you want careful discussions of more directly philosophical topics (including some more metaphysics) Woodward's gem will delight. My only complaints are (a) a few too many typos (2 or 3 is a bit weird, especially one in an equation) and (b) his account requires relevant alternatives to be determined somehow. For example, we know that when billiard balls collide the relevant variables include the linear momenta and not (say) colour of the balls. The selection of these is crucial, though I agree to discuss this matter (which brings in issues of consilience and others) would have doubled or more the length of the book. I look forward to seeing if Woodward and his colleagues (now that there is quite a collection of experts on causation at CalTech) come up with anything as clever as this volume to help complete the "explanation of explanation" this book nicely performs.

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You may also enjoy some of the more metaphysical works on causation.