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Högre seminarium i vetenskapsfilosofi: Sorin Bangu (Bergen)

Seminarium

Datum: torsdag 18 november 2021

Tid: 13.15 – 15.00

Plats: D700

Noncausal Explanations in Physics

Abstract

Are there noncausal explanations in physics? Can there be? I answer both these questions affirmatively. I first present a general strategy to argue that certain answers to certain kinds of why-questions deserve to be called explanations, and that they naturally qualify to be called noncausal. I then show that a family of examples from quantum mechanics illustrates this type of explanation.