The Causal and Unification Approaches to Explanation Unified—Causally
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2004
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 154–176, March 2004
How to Cite
Strevens, M. (2004), The Causal and Unification Approaches to Explanation Unified—Causally. Noûs, 38: 154–176. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2004.00466.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2004
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.