Ruch Filozoficzny 74 (4):21 (2019)

Richard Brook
Bloomsburg University
Berkeley, Newton, Explanation, and Causation I argue in this paper that Berkeley’s conception of natural law explanations, which echoes Newton’s, fails to solve a fundamental problem, which I label “explanatory asymmetry"; that the model of explanation Berkeley uses fails to distinguish between explanations and justifications, particularly since Berkeley denies real (efficient causes) in non-minded nature. At the end I suggest Berkeley might endorse a notion of understanding, say in astronomy or mechanics, which could be distinguished from explanation.
Keywords Berkeley, Newton, Explanation, Causation, DN model.l
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DOI 10.12775/rf.2018.034
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