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Causal Explanation

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume II

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195036466
eISBN:
9780199833399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195036468.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Argues for the thesis that to explain an event is to provide some information about its causal history. This involves showing that there are no noncausal explanations of particular events, ... More


Conclusion

Denise Meyerson

in False Consciousness

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198248194
eISBN:
9780191681073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248194.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book on Marxism has aimed to expose certain ‘necessary illusions’ about political life, to discredit agent's perceptions of political reality, and to supply an explanation for their ... More


Refinement, Alternatives, and Extensions

Alexander R. Pruss

in Infinity, Causation, and Paradox

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198810339
eISBN:
9780191847325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810339.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

A number of questions concerning the precise formulation of causal finitism—mainly, the question of what causal relation counts for generating causal histories—are raised, and solutions are surveyed. ... More


The Grounds of Freedom

Carolina Sartorio

in Causation and Free Will

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780198746799
eISBN:
9780191809071
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746799.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter characterizes actual-sequence views by appeal to a thesis about the grounds of freedom. Actual-sequence views are motivated by some fundamental insights about Frankfurt cases, and they ... More


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