Philosophy of Science 83 (5):733-745 (2016)

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Alexander Reutlinger
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
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The goal of this paper is to develop a counterfactual theory of explanation. The CTE provides a monist framework for causal and non-causal explanations, according to which both causal and non-causal 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 non-causal explanations: Euler’s explanation and renormalization group explanations of universality.
Keywords Non-causal explanation  scientific explanation  renormalization group  mathematical explanation  counterfactuals
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DOI 10.1086/687859
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