Of strawberries and energy conservation
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Marc draws a distinction between causal explanations and non-causal explanations and argues that non-causal explanations exist. Marc has his own way of drawing the distinction; other philosophers draw the distinction differently. How does Marc draw it? He writes: the distinction between “causal” and “non-causal” explanations (as I will use these terms) lies in how they work—that is, in what gives them explanatory power. A “non-causal” explanation may incidentally identify (or, at least, supply information about) causes of what is being explained. But it does not derive its explanatory power by virtue of doing so. (3; my emphasis)
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Skow, Bradford. “Of Strawberries and Energy Conservation.” Metascience 27, no. 1 (September 2, 2017): 11–18. doi:10.1007/s11016-017-0250-6.
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