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Causal Explanation

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume II

Published in print June 1987 | ISBN: 9780195036466
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833399 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195036468.003.0007
                      Causal Explanation

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Argues for the thesis that to explain an event is to provide some information about its causal history. This involves showing that there are no noncausal explanations of particular events, distinguishing between two kinds of why‐questions (plain and contrastive), and comparing the proposed account of explanation with the “covering‐law model” of Hempel and others.

Keywords: causal history; causation; covering laws; explanation; Hempel; why‐questions

Chapter.  11806 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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