Counterfactual scheming

Journal article


Baron, Sam. (2020) Counterfactual scheming. Mind. 129(514), pp. 535 - 562. https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzz008
AuthorsBaron, Sam
Abstract

Mathematics appears to play a genuine explanatory role in science. But how do mathematical explanations work? Recently, a counterfactual approach to mathematical explanation has been suggested. I argue that such a view fails to differentiate the explanatory uses of mathematics within science from the non-explanatory uses. I go on to offer a solution to this problem by combining elements of the counterfactual theory of explanation with elements of a unification theory of explanation. The result is a theory according to which a counterfactual is explanatory when it is an instance of a generalized counterfactual scheme.

Year2020
JournalMind
Journal citation129 (514), pp. 535 - 562
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN0026-4423
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzz008
Page range535 - 562
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
Publisher's version
File Access Level
Controlled
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Permalink -

https://acuresearchbank.acu.edu.au/item/8v834/counterfactual-scheming

Restricted files

Publisher's version

  • 14
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 7
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month
These values are for the period from 19th October 2020, when this repository was created.

Export as

Related outputs

Deflating deflationary truthmaking
Asay, Jamin and Baron, Sam. (2020) Deflating deflationary truthmaking. The Philosophical Quarterly. 70(278), pp. 1 - 21. https://doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqz036
Infinite lies and explanatory ties: Idealization in phase transitions
Baron, Sam. (2019) Infinite lies and explanatory ties: Idealization in phase transitions. Synthese. 196(5), pp. 1939 - 1961. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-018-1678-y
How to endure presentism
Baron, Sam. (2019) How to endure presentism. Inquiry. 62(6), pp. 659 - 673. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174X.2018.1487883
Do not revise Ockham's Razor without necessity
Baron, Sam and Tallant, Jonathan. (2018) Do not revise Ockham's Razor without necessity. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 96(3), pp. 596 - 619. https://doi.org/10.1111/phpr.12337
Do not revise Ockham's Razor without necessity
Baron, Sam and Tallant, Jonathan. (2018) Do not revise Ockham's Razor without necessity. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 96(3), pp. 596 - 619. https://doi.org/10.1111/phpr.12337
How mathematics can make a difference
Baron, Sam, Colyvan, Mark and Ripley, David. (2017) How mathematics can make a difference. Philosophers' Imprint. 17(3), pp. 1 - 19.
Back to the unchanging past
Baron, Sam. (2017) Back to the unchanging past. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. 98(1), pp. 129 - 147. https://doi.org/10.1111/papq.12127
Feel the flow
Baron, Sam. (2017) Feel the flow. Synthese. 194(2), pp. 609 - 630. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-015-0964-1
Metaphysics as fairness
Baron, Sam. (2016) Metaphysics as fairness. Synthese. 193(7), pp. 2237 - 2259. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-015-0842-x
Mathematical explanation and epistemology: Please mind the gap
Baron, Sam. (2016) Mathematical explanation and epistemology: Please mind the gap. Ratio. 29(2), pp. 149 - 167. https://doi.org/10.1111/rati.12101
The explanatory dispensability of idealizations
Baron, Sam. (2016) The explanatory dispensability of idealizations. Synthese. 193(2), pp. 365 - 386. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-014-0517-z
Explaining mathematical explanation
Baron, Sam. (2016) Explaining mathematical explanation. The Philosophical Quarterly. 66(264), pp. 458 - 480. https://doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqv123
A bump on the road to presentism
Baron, Sam. (2015) A bump on the road to presentism. American Philosophical Quarterly. 52(4), pp. 345 - 356.
Our concept of time
Baron, Samuel and Miller, Kristie. (2015) Our concept of time. In In B. Mölder, V. Arstila and P. Øhrstrøm (Ed.). Philosophy and psychology of time pp. 29 - 52 Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22195-3_3
Et tu, brute?
Baron, Sam. (2015) Et tu, brute? In In C. Daly (Ed.). The Palgrave handbook of philosophical methods pp. 258 - 281 Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137344557_11
Temporal experience, temporal passage and the cognitive sciences
Baron, Sam, Cusbert, John, Farr, Matt, Kon, Maria and Miller, Kristie. (2015) Temporal experience, temporal passage and the cognitive sciences. Philosophy Compass. 10(8), pp. 560 - 571. https://doi.org/10.1111/phc3.12244
Why do female students leave philosophy? The story from Sydney
Dougherty, Tom, Baron, Samuel and Miller, Kristie. (2015) Why do female students leave philosophy? The story from Sydney. Hypatia. 30(2), pp. 467 - 474. https://doi.org/10.1111/hypa.12150
Tensed truthmaker theory
Baron, Sam. (2015) Tensed truthmaker theory. Erkenntnis. 80(5), pp. 923 - 944. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-014-9689-7
Causation sans time
Baron, Sam and Miller, Kristie. (2015) Causation sans time. American Philosophical Quarterly. 52(1), pp. 27 - 40.
What is temporal error theory?
Baron, Sam and Miller, Kristie. (2015) What is temporal error theory? Philosophical Studies. 172(9), pp. 2427 - 2444. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-014-0419-4
The hard road to presentism
Asay, Jamin and Baron, Sam. (2014) The hard road to presentism. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. 95(3), pp. 314 - 335. https://doi.org/10.1111/papq.12029
Animal interrupted, or why accepting Pascal's Wager might be the last thing you ever do
Baron, Sam and Van Dyke, Christina. (2014) Animal interrupted, or why accepting Pascal's Wager might be the last thing you ever do. The Southern Journal of Philosophy. 52(S1), pp. 109 - 133. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjp.12069
Optimisation and mathematical explanation: Doing the Lévy Walk
Baron, Sam. (2014) Optimisation and mathematical explanation: Doing the Lévy Walk. Synthese. 191(3), pp. 459 - 479. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-013-0284-2
Can indispensability-driven platonists be (serious) presentists?
Baron, Sam. (2014) Can indispensability-driven platonists be (serious) presentists? Theoria. 80(2), pp. 153 - 173. https://doi.org/10.1111/theo.12031
Groundless truth
Baron, Sam, Miller, Kristie and Norton, James. (2014) Groundless truth. Inquiry. 57(2), pp. 175 - 195. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174X.2013.855652
Causation in a timeless world
Baron, Sam and Miller, Kristie. (2014) Causation in a timeless world. Synthese. 191(12), pp. 2867 - 2886. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-014-0427-0