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Reutlinger, Alexander (2016): Is There A Monist Theory of Causal and Non-Casual Explanations? The Counterfactual Theory of Scientific Explanation. In: Philosophy of Science [PDF, 269kB]

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The goal of this paper is to develop a counterfactual theory of explanation (for short, CTE). The CTE provides a monist framework for causal and non-causal explanations, according to which causal and non-causal are explanatory by virtue of revealing counterfactual dependencies between the explanandum and the explanans. I argue that the CTE is applicable to two paradigmatic examples of non-causal explanations: Euler's explanation and renormalization group explanations of universality.

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