Philosophy & Technology

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 95–114

Why Theories of Causality Need Production: an Information Transmission Account

Research Article


In this paper, I examine the comparatively neglected intuition of production regarding causality. I begin by examining the weaknesses of current production accounts of causality. I then distinguish between giving a good production account of causality and a good account of production. I argue that an account of production is needed to make sense of vital practices in causal inference. Finally, I offer an information transmission account of production based on John Collier’s work that solves the primary weaknesses of current production accounts: applicability and absences.


Causality Production Causal inference Information Absences Collier 

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© Springer-Verlag 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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