Counterfactual Accounts and Equilibrium Explanations

  • Fernando Villasenor
  • Robert Munro

Abstract

What part should counterfactuals play in our scientific explanatory accounts? In this paper we examine James Woodward’s role of counterfactual explanation, Christopher Hitchcock and James Woodward’s view of counterfactual explanatory depth, and a possible extensions to the equilibrium explanation proposed by R.A. Fisher and Elliot Sober. In the argumentative portion of the paper, equilibrium explanation is examined and an attempt is made to bridge the two accounts.
Published
2017-09-09
How to Cite
VILLASENOR, Fernando; MUNRO, Robert. Counterfactual Accounts and Equilibrium Explanations. Simon Fraser University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 46 - 52, sep. 2017. Available at: <https://journals.lib.sfu.ca/index.php/sfu-ujp/article/view/120>. Date accessed: 22 nov. 2017.
Section
Articles

Keywords

Counterfactual; Equilibrium; DN Model; Scientific Explanation