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Explanation Beyond Causation: Philosophical Perspectives on Non-Causal Explanations

Alexander Reutlinger and Juha Saatsi

Abstract

Explanations are very important to us in many contexts: in science, mathematics, philosophy, and also in everyday and juridical contexts. But what is an explanation? In the philosophical study of explanation, there is long-standing, influential tradition that links explanation intimately to causation: we often explain by providing accurate information about the causes of the phenomenon to be explained. Such causal accounts have been the received view of the nature of explanation, particularly in philosophy of science, since the 1980s. However, philosophers have recently begun to break with thi ... More

Keywords: scientific explanation, mathematical explanation, causation, non-causal explanation, metaphysics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777946
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198777946.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Reutlinger, editor
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, LMU Munich

Juha Saatsi, editor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Leeds

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