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Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics

Marc Lange


The way some scientific explanations work is not by describing causal connections between events or by describing the world’s overall causal structure. Furthermore, mathematicians regard some proofs as not merely proving some theorems but also explaining why those theorems hold—and these explanations do not work by supplying information about causes. This book proposes philosophical accounts of many kinds of non-causal explanations in science and mathematics. One important kind of non-causal scientific explanation is termed “explanation by constraint.” These explanations work by providing info ... More

Keywords: explanation, science, mathematics, proof, necessity, dimension, cause, law of nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190269487
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Lange, author
Chair of the Philosophy Department, University of North Carolina