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Reutlinger, Alexander (2016): Is There A Monist Theory of Causal and Noncausal Explanations? The Counterfactual Theory of Scientific Explanation. In: Philosophy of Science, Vol. 83, No. 5: pp. 733-745

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The goal of this paper is to develop a counterfactual theory of explanation (CTE). The CTE provides a monist framework for causal and noncausal explanations, according to which both causal and noncausal explanations 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 noncausal explanations: Euler's explanation and renormalization group explanations of universality.

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