Shades of Grey: Granularity, Pragmatics, and Non-Causal Explanation

Perspectives on Science 27 (1):68-87 (2019)

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Two obstacles seem to preclude any agreement on how causal explanations should be delimited from non-causal explanations. The first concerns the very definition of causal explanation, which determines how the boundary between causal and non-causal explanation is drawn. Even though most adhere to a relatively narrow definition of causal explanation and thus allow for non-causal explanations, it remains possible to adopt a very wide definition of causal explanation and thus to argue that all purported examples of non-causal scientific explanation are in fact causal.The second obstacle, relatively overlooked by comparison, concerns the pragmatics of causal and non-causal...
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