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Event‐Causal Accounts and the Problem of Explanation

Randolph Clarke

in Libertarian Accounts of Free Will

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195159875
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835010 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019515987X.003.0003
 Event‐Causal Accounts and the Problem of Explanation

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This chapter begins an examination of event-causal libertarian accounts, which require nondeterministic event causation. This type of view offers satisfactory causal accounts of acting for reasons and reason-explanation. On two plausible accounts of contrastive explanation, even contrastive rational explanations are available for some nondeterministically caused actions. Libertarian views of Robert Kane and Robert Nozick are examined.

Keywords: acting for reasons; action; causal explanation; contrastive explanation; event-causal libertarian accounts; explanation; Robert Kane; nondeterministic causation; Robert Nozick; reason-explanation

Chapter.  14604 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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