Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics

2017.05.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Marc Lange, Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics, Oxford University Press, 2016, 489pp.,
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2017.05.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Marc Lange, Because Without Cause: Non-Causal Explanations in Science and Mathematics, Oxford University Press, 2016, 489pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190269487. Reviewed by Alexander Reutlinger, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Marc Lange provides an elaborate philosophical analysis of non-causal explanations in the (natural) sciences and in pure mathematics. According to Lange, such non-causal explanations involve a "because without cause" (p. xi) since they "do not derive their explanatory power by virtue of describing the world's network of causal relations" (p. xi). This is an original and thought-provoking contribution to the current debate on non-causal explanations in philosophy of science and philosophy of mathematics. Because of the complexity and wealth of the case studies discussed, I will not attempt to summarize the content, chapter by chapter. Instead, I will highlight selected examples. . .

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