Of strawberries and energy conservation
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One variety of non-causal explanation is the “distinctively mathematical” explanation:
the distinction between “causal” and “non-causal” explanations (as I will use these terms) lies in how they work—that is, in what gives them explanatory power. A “non-causal” explanation may incidentally identify (or, at least, supply information about) causes of what is being explained. But it does not derive its explanatory power by virtue of doing so. (3; my emphasis)
distinctively mathematical explanations are “non-causal” because they do not work bysupplying information about a given event’s causal history or, more broadly about the world’s network of causal relations. A distinctively mathematical explanation works instead (I will...