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Causation and Explanation

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This collection of original essays on the topics of causation and explanation offers readers a state-of-the-art view of current work in these areas. The book is notable for its interdisciplinary character, and the essays, by distinguished authors and important rising scholars, will be of interest to a wide readership, including philosophers, computer scientists, and economists.

Part 1 of this book explores Hume's views on causation, theories of singular causation, and counterfactual and mechanistic approaches. Part 2 considers the regularity view of laws and laws as relations among universals, as well as recent alternative approaches to laws.

Part 3 examines the issues arising from deductive-nomological explanation /5(3). Book Description. Scientific explanation, laws of nature, and causation are crucial and frontier issues in the philosophy of science. This book studies the complex relationship between the three concepts, aiming to achieve a holistic synthesis about explanation–laws–causation.

Students and scholars alike will find the book valuable for its wide-ranging treatment of two difficult philosophical topics. The volume focuses first on the development of theories of causation and explanation, and then on the application of those theories.2/5(1).

‘Timeo hominem unius libri— I fear a man of one book’ [attributed to Thomas Aquinas ()] This essay review will consider Explanation in causal inference by Tyler VanderWeele 1, 2 in light of a wider discussion about causality, explanation and the future of epidemiology.

We will first summarize the book and discuss its strengths and limitations. We will argue that this is a Cited by: 5. "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.

Hume on causation 2. Regularities and singular causation 3. Causation and counterfactuals 4. Causation and mechanism Part II Laws of nature 5.

The regularity view of laws 6. Laws as relations among universals 7. Alternative approaches to laws Part III Explanation 8. Deductive-nomological explanation 9.

Statistical explanation Explanation of. Scientific explanation, laws of nature, and causation are crucial and frontier issues in the philosophy of science. This book studies the complex relationship between the three concepts, aiming to achieve a holistic synthesis about explanation–laws–causation.

By reviewing Hempel's scientific explanation models and Salmon's three conceptions – the epistemic, modal, and. Part 1 of the book explores Hume's views on causation, theories of singular causation, and counterfactual and mechanistic approaches.

Part 2 considers the regularity view of laws and laws as relations among universals, as well as recent alternative approaches to laws. Part 3 examines the issues arising from deductive-nomological explanation Cited by: And can there be an Causation and Explanation book theory of explanation.

These questions and many others are addressed in this unified and rigorous examination of the philosophical problems surrounding causation, laws and explanation. Part 1 of this book explores Hume's views on causation, theories of singular causation, and counterfactual and mechanistic approaches.

Causation and Explanation; Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription. Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

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If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your Cited by: 7. This is a well written book, which whilst the contents are not individually original, brings together a great summary of the philosophy of causation, laws of nature and explanation.

These topics fit very nicely together/5. Causation and Explanation Book Description: 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. Bradford Skow, Causation, Explanation, and the Metaphysics of Aspect, Oxford University Press,pp., $ (hbk), ISBN Reviewed by Alastair Wilson, University of Birmingham Bradford Skow has a hammer -- the distinction between levels of reasons why -- and he has discovered a new box of nails.

[1]. Regression Analysis: Breaking Down the Correlation vs Causation Fallacy. The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS), launched by the US.

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Department of Education in the s, measured the academic progress of o students as they progressed from kindergarten to the fifth grade, interviewing parents and educators and asking a broad range of questions about the.

Causation is the "causal relationship between the defendant's conduct and end result". In other words, causation provides a means of connecting conduct with a resulting effect, typically an injury.

In criminal law, it is defined as the actus reus (an action) from which the specific injury or other effect arose and is combined with mens rea (a state of mind) to comprise the elements of guilt.

With this defense of intensional realism as a philosophical foundation for understanding scientific procedures and grounding scientific knowledge, James Fetzer provides a systematic alternative to much of recent work on scientific theory. To Fetzer, the current state of understanding the 'laws' ofBrand: Springer Netherlands.

Causation and Explanation (Central Problems of Philosophy) Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.

Free ebooks since What is the nature of causation. How is causation linked with explanation. And can there be an adequate theory of explanation. These questions and many others are addressed in this unified and rigorous examination of the philosophical problems surrounding causation, laws and explanation.

Part 1. Causation, Explanation, and the Metaphysics of Aspect Bradford Skow. When you light a match it is the striking of it which causes the lighting; the presence of oxygen in the room is a background condition to the lighting.

You can write a book review and share your experiences. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the. Woodward's long awaited book is an attempt to construct a comprehensive account of causation explanation that applies to a wide variety of causal and explanatory claims in different areas of science and everyday life.

The book engages some of the relevant literature from other disciplines, as Woodward weaves together examples, counterexamples, criticisms, defenses, objections, and replies into. Keywords: causation, explanation, philosophical thought, ordinary thought, causality Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service.

Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter. One philosophical approach to causation sees counterfactual dependence as the key to the explanation of causal facts: for example, events c (the cause) and e (the effect) both occur, but had c not occurred, e would not have occurred either.

The counterfactual analysis of causation became a focus of philosophical debate after the publication of the late David Lewis's groundbreaking paper 4/5(1). One philosophical approach to causation sees counterfactual dependence as the key to the explanation of causal facts: for example, events c (the cause) and e (the effect) both occur, but had c not occurred, e would not have occurred either.

The counterfactual analysis of causation became a focus of philosophical debate after the publication of the late David Lewis's groundbreaking paper. George Holmes Howison, in The Limits of Evolution (), highlights "final causation" in presenting his theory of metaphysics, which he terms "personal idealism", and to which he invites not only man, but all (ideal) life; at p.

Here, in seeing that Final Cause – causation at the call of self-posited aim or end – is the only full and genuine cause, we further see that Nature, the. "This is the only book I know of that gives a unified treatment of causation, laws, and explanation. Psillos has full command of the literature on these topics and explains the links between the issues masterfully/5(12).

causation definition: 1. the process of causing something to happen or exist 2. the process of causing something to.

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Please subscribe or login to access full text content. If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to Cited by: Causation, Relation that holds between two temporally simultaneous or successive events when the first event (the cause) brings about the other (the effect).

According to David Hume, when we say of two types of object or event that “X causes Y” (e.g., fire causes smoke), we mean that (i) Xs are “constantly conjoined” with Ys, (ii) Ys follow Xs and not vice versa, and (iii) there is a. Keywords: explanation, conditionals, causation, Malebranche, God Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service.

Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and : Walter Ott. 'Reason, Causation and Compatibility with the Phenomena' strives to give answers to the philosophical problem of the interplay between realism, explanation and experience.

This book is a compilation of essays that recollect significant conceptions of rival terms such as determinism and freedom, reason and appearance, power and knowledge. This title discusses the progress made in epistemology.This is an introduction to the volume "Explanation Beyond Causation: Philosophical Perspectives on Non-Causal Explanations", edited by A.

Reutlinger and J. Saatsi (OUP, forthcoming in ). Explanations are very important to us in many contexts: in science, mathematics, philosophy, and also in everyday and juridical contexts. But what is an explanation?Cited by: 4.Causation and Explanation - by Stathis Psillos September We use cookies to distinguish you from other users and to provide you with a better experience on our websites.