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Causal Patterns and Adequate Explanations

Potochnik, Angela (2015) Causal Patterns and Adequate Explanations. [Preprint]

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Causal accounts of scientific explanation are currently broadly accepted (though not universally so). My first task in this paper is to show that, even for a causal approach to explanation, significant features of explanatory practice are not determined by settling how causal facts bear on the phenomenon to be explained. I then develop a broadly causal approach to explanation that accounts for the additional features that I argue an explanation should have. This approach to explanation makes sense of several aspects of actual explanatory practice, including the widespread use of equilibrium explanations, the formulation of distinct explanations for a single event, and the tight relationship between explanations of events and explanations of causal regularities.

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Item Type: Preprint
Potochnik, Angela
Keywords: explanation, causal explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Angela Potochnik
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 03:06
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 03:06
Item ID: 19009
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Studies
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Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2015
Page Range: pp. 1163-1182
Volume: 172
Number: 5

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