Understanding Interests and Causal Explanation

Dissertation, University of Helsinki (2001)

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Petri Ylikoski
University of Helsinki
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This work consists of two parts. Part I will be a contribution to a philo- sophical discussion of the nature of causal explanation. It will present my contrastive counterfactual theory of causal explanation and show how it can be used to deal with a number of problems facing theories of causal explanation. Part II is a contribution to a discussion of the na- ture of interest explanation in social studies of science. The aim is to help to resolve some controversies concerning interest explanation by explicating the concept of interest and its explanatory uses by using the account of explanation developed in Part I.
Keywords causal explanation  interest explanation  contrastive explanation
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