Why P rather than q? The curiosities of fact and foil

Philosophical Studies 73 (1):35 - 53 (1994)

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Eric Barnes
Southern Methodist University
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In this paper I develop a theory of contrastive why questions that establishes under what conditions it is sensible to ask "why p rather than q?". p and q must be outcomes of a single type of causal process.
Keywords contrastive why questions  explanation  causal explanation
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DOI 10.1007/BF00989743
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