Time enough for explanation

Samuel Baron, M. Colyvan

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Abstract

© 2016 The Journal of Philosophy, Inc.The present paper advances an analogy between cases of extramathematical explanation (mathematical explanations of physical facts) and cases of what might be termed 'extralogical explanation': the explanation of a physical fact by a logical fact. A particular case of extralogical explanation is identified that arises in the philosophical literature on time travel. This instance of extralogical explanation is subsequently shown to be of a piece with cases of extramathematical explanation. Using this analogy, we argue extramathematical explanation is part of a broader class of noncausal explanation. This has important implications for extramathematical explanation, for time travel and for theories of explanation more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-88
JournalJournal of Philosophy
Volume113
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Baron, Samuel ; Colyvan, M. / Time enough for explanation. In: Journal of Philosophy. 2016 ; Vol. 113, No. 2. pp. 61-88.
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In: Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 113, No. 2, 2016, p. 61-88.

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