PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:275 - 292 (1984)
|Abstract||Theories of explanation are characterized as being either pragmatic or non-pragmatic, without a clear sense of what this is supposed to mean. The present paper offers a definition of a "pragmatic explanation-sentence", and in terms of this, of a "pragmatic theory of explanation". It is argued that van Fraassen's theory of explanation, despite claims to the contrary, is not genuinely pragmatic. By contrast, the author's own "illocutionary" theory is pragmatic. Attention is devoted particularly to sentences of the form "E is a good explanation of q", which, it is urged, are pragmatic in a strong sense. In defense of this claim, and of the advantages of a pragmatic account generally, appeal is made to Rutherford's 1911 subatomic explanation of the results of his scattering experiments. Implications of a pragmatic theory are drawn for the debate between realists and anti-realists and absolutists and relativists.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||No categories specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Jacob Ross & Mark Schroeder (forthcoming). Belief, Credence, and Pragmatic Encroachment1. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
Hagit Benbaji (2009). On the Pragmatic Explanation of Concessive Knowledge Attributions. Southern Journal of Philosophy 47 (3):225-237.
Andrea Onofri (forthcoming). On Non-Pragmatic Millianism. Philosophical Studies.
Jeroen Van Bouwel & Erik Weber (2008). De-Ontologizing the Debate on Social Explanations: A Pragmatic Approach Based on Epistemic Interests. Human Studies 31 (4).
Jeroen Van Bouwel & Erik Weber (2008). De-Ontologizing the Debate on Social Explanations: A Pragmatic Approach Based on Epistemic Interests. Human Studies 31 (4):423 - 442.
Giovanni Boniolo (2005). A Contextualized Approach to Biological Explanation. Philosophy 80 (2):219-247.
Donato-Rodríguez Xavieder & Zamora-Bonilla Jesús, Explanation and Modelization in a Comprehensive Inferential Account.
Robert Almeder (2007). Pragmatism and Philosophy of Science: A Critical Survey. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 21 (2):171 – 195.
Carl Hammer (2008). Explication, Explanation, and History. History and Theory 47 (2):183–199.
Jason Brennan (2008). Beyond the Bottom Line: The Theoretical Goals of Moral Theorizing. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 28 (2):277-296.
Tobias Henschen (2013). Kant's Pragmatism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (1):165 - 176.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads27 ( #45,781 of 549,087 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #12,372 of 549,087 )
How can I increase my downloads?