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Extending the Counterfactual Theory of Explanation

Alexander Reutlinger

in Explanation Beyond Causation: Philosophical Perspectives on Non-Causal Explanations

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198777946
eISBN:
9780191823404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777946.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In the recent debate on explanation philosophers tend to agree that the natural and social sciences do not only provide causal but also non-causal explanations. It is a challenging aspect of this ... More


Explanation: Mechanistic and Otherwise

Stuart Glennan

in The New Mechanical Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198779711
eISBN:
9780191824746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198779711.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This concluding chapter offers an abstract account of explanation as such, arguing that explanations involve the construction of models that always show what the targets of explanation depend upon ... More


Searching for Non-Causal Explanations in a Sea of Causes

Alisa Bokulich

in Explanation Beyond Causation: Philosophical Perspectives on Non-Causal Explanations

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198777946
eISBN:
9780191823404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777946.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In the spirit of explanatory pluralism, this chapter argues that causal and non-causal explanations of a phenomenon are compatible, each being useful for bringing out different sorts of insights. ... More


Explanation Beyond Causation: Philosophical Perspectives on Non-Causal Explanations

Alexander Reutlinger and Juha Saatsi (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198777946
eISBN:
9780191823404
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777946.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

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 ... More


Grasping the Third Realm

John Bengson

in Oxford Studies in Epistemology Volume 5

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198722762
eISBN:
9780191794087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722762.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Numbers, properties, sets, and values are often conceived as non-spatiotemporal, causally inert abstracta – denizens of a Fregean “third realm.” Yet a given thinker seems to know a range of facts ... More


Symmetries and Explanatory Dependencies in Physics

Steven French and Juha Saatsi

in Explanation Beyond Causation: Philosophical Perspectives on Non-Causal Explanations

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198777946
eISBN:
9780191823404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777946.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Many important explanations in physics are based on ideas and assumptions about symmetries, but little has been said about the nature of such explanations. This chapter aims to fill this lacuna, ... More


Genealogy, Narrative History, and Hermeneutic Transmission

Rudolf A. Makkreel

in Orientation and Judgment in Hermeneutics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226249315
eISBN:
9780226249452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226249452.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 8 considers how a reflective hermeneutical approach to history compares with some of the narrative and genealogical conceptions of history that have played such an important role in the ... More


Causation and Locality

Richard Healey

in The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198714057
eISBN:
9780191782503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198714057.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

By moving to the context of relativistic space-time structure, this chapter completes the argument of Chapter 4 that we can use quantum theory locally to explain correlations that violate Bell ... More


The Ground of Intuitive Knowledge

Elijah Chudnoff

in Intuition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199683000
eISBN:
9780191763113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683000.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter sets out an account of intuitive knowledge that is analogous to the account developed for perceptual knowledge in the Chapter 6. According to it, if an intuition experience representing ... More


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