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Explanatory abstractions

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I talk about attempts to analyse the connection between explanations’ abstractness and their explanatory power. I advocate a view according to which abstract, non-causal, and ‘mathematical’ explanations have much in common with counterfactual causal explanations. This opposes a recent trend (Lange, Pincock, etc.) to regard abstractions as explanatory in a sui generis way.

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