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Paul M. Pietroski

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199252769.001.0001

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From Explanation to Causation

From Explanation to Causation

(p.89) 3 From Explanation to Causation
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Causation is (primarily) a description‐insensitive relation between events, while explanation is a description‐sensitive relation between facts, which (for these purposes) can be identified with true Fregean thoughts. Events are thus individuated more coarsely than facts, which are the senses of true sentences. But given the event analysis defended in Ch. 1, some facts are about particular events. And if a fact about one event explains a fact about another event, then the first event is a cause for the second.

Keywords:   causation, Davidson, events, explanation, facts, Frege, individuation, thoughts

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