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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780195036466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195036468.001.0001

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Causal Explanation

Causal Explanation

(p.214) Twenty‐Two Causal Explanation
Philosophical Papers Volume II

David Lewis

Oxford University Press

Argues for the thesis that to explain an event is to provide some information about its causal history. This involves showing that there are no noncausal explanations of particular events, distinguishing between two kinds of why‐questions (plain and contrastive), and comparing the proposed account of explanation with the “covering‐law model” of Hempel and others.

Keywords:   causal history, causation, covering laws, explanation, Hempel, why‐questions

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