On Explanations from 'Geometry of Motion'

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Juha Saatsi
University of Leeds
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This paper examines explanations that turn on non-local geometrical facts about the space of possible configurations a system can occupy. I argue that it makes sense to contrast such explanations from "geometry of motion" with causal explanations. I also explore how my analysis of these explanations cuts across the distinction between kinematics and dynamics.
Keywords Geometrical explanation  non-causal explanation  Woodward
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DOI 10.1093/bjps/axw007
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