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The Causal and Unification Approaches to Explanation Unified: Causally

Michael Strevens
Noûs
Vol. 38, No. 1 (Mar., 2004), pp. 154-176
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3506159
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

Two major modern accounts of explanation are the causal and the unification accounts. My aim in this paper is to provide a kind of unification of the two, by using the central technical apparatus of the unification account to solve a central problem faced by the causal account, namely, the problem of determining which parts of a causal network are explanatorily relevant to the occurrence of an explanandum. The result is a causal account of explanation that has many of the advantages of the unification account.

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