Single Idea 9658

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / g. Causal explanations]

Full Idea

An explanation, I think, is an account of etiology: it tells us something about how an event was caused.


Greek 'aitia' means 'cause'

Gist of Idea

An explanation tells us how an event was caused


David Lewis (On the Plurality of Worlds [1986], 1.5)

Book Reference

Lewis,David: 'On the Plurality of Worlds' [Blackwell 2001], p.73

A Reaction

Will this cover mathematical explanations? Numbers would have to have causal powers.