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Backwards Explanation

Jenkins, Carrie S; Nolan, Daniel


We discuss explanation of an earlier event by a later event, and argue that prima facie cases of backwards event explanation are ubiquitous. Some examples: (1) I am tidying my flat because my brother is coming to visit tomorrow. (2) The scarlet pimpernels are closing because it is about to rain. (3) The volcano is smoking because it is going to erupt soon. We then look at various ways people might attempt to explain away these prima facie cases by arguing that in each case the 'real'...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Studies
DOI: 10.1007/s11098-008-9228-y


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