Explanation beyond causation? New directions in the philosophy of scientific explanation

Philosophy Compass 12 (2):e12395 (2017)
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Abstract

In this paper, I aim to provide access to the current debate on non-causal explanations in philosophy of science. I will first present examples of non-causal explanations in the sciences. Then, I will outline three alternative approaches to non-causal explanations – that is, causal reductionism, pluralism, and monism – and, corresponding to these three approaches, different strategies for distinguishing between causal and non-causal explanation. Finally, I will raise questions for future research on non-causal explanations.

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Alexander Reutlinger
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