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Explanation and Determination

The author of this dissertation proposes a new theory of explanation that combines ideas about interventions, deduction, and contrastive explanation.

Victor Gijsbers
27 September 2011

The thesis also contains a refutation of unificationist theories; a series of arguments against inference to the best explanation; discussions of contrastive explanation and the role of indeterminism in explanation; and an analysis of the role of laws and causality in understanding.

Supervisors: prof.dr. B.G. Sundholm and dr. J.W. McAllister

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