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Causation and explanation

Author: Stathis Psillos
Publisher: Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2002.
Series: Central problems of philosophy (Montréal, Québec)
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"Stathis Psillos divides his account into three sections: causation, laws of nature, and explanation. He begins the causation section with Hume's classic "reductive" account and then focuses on the subsequent division between Humean and non-Humean accounts, examining topics such as regularities and singular causation, causation and counterfactuals, and causation and mechanism.
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Psillos, Stathis, 1965-
Causation and explanation.
Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)50581800
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stathis Psillos
ISBN: 9780773583955 0773583955
OCLC Number: 767734313
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 324 pages).
Contents: I. Causation --
1. Hume on causation [David Hume] --
2. Regularities and singular causation --
3. Causation and counterfactuals --
4. Causation and mechanism --
II. Laws of nature --
5. The regularity view of laws --
6. Laws as relations among universals --
7. Alternative approaches to laws --
III. Explanation --
8. Deductive-nomological explanation --
9. Statistical explanation --
10. Explanation of labs --
11. The metaphysics of explanation.
Series Title: Central problems of philosophy (Montréal, Québec)
Other Titles: Causation & explanation
Responsibility: Stathis Psillos.
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"Stathis Psillos divides his account into three sections: causation, laws of nature, and explanation. He begins the causation section with Hume's classic "reductive" account and then focuses on the subsequent division between Humean and non-Humean accounts, examining topics such as regularities and singular causation, causation and counterfactuals, and causation and mechanism.

In the section on laws of nature, Psillos considers both the regularity view of laws and laws as relations among universals as well as alternative approaches to laws. In the final section on explanation he examines in detail the issues arising from deductive-nomological explanation and statistical explanation before considering the explanation of laws and the metaphysics of explanation. Accessible to students of all levels the author provides an excellent introduction to one of the most enduring problems of philosophy."--Pub. desc.

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