Argumentation 27 (2):167-181 (2013)

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David Botting
De La Salle University (PhD)
Abstract
While “All events have a cause” is a synthetic statement making a factual claim about the world, “All effects have a cause” is analytic. When we take an event as an effect, no inference is required to deduce that it has a cause since this is what it means to be an effect. Some examples often given in the literature as examples of abduction work in the same way through semantic facts that follow from the way our beliefs represent those effects; from this we may deduce not only that it has a cause, but what that cause is
Keywords Abduction  Inference to the best explanation  Causal reasoning  Coherence
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DOI 10.1007/s10503-012-9269-4
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