Some aspects of explanation in Boškovič

Abstract Bo?kovi?'s explanatory procedure and his concept of explanation represents a certain departure from Newton's causal theory and his theory of explanation. Apart from particular elements of causal explanation, Bo?kovi? developed an alternative, non?causal explanatory strategy. In this paper two different elements of this strategy are discussed: (i) the micro?reductive explanatory strategy based on Bo?kovi?'s idea of determination, and (ii) a type of explanation of a theory by means of a more general law, through a thought?experiment. In addition, an outline of the proposed (iii) ?argument theory? of explanation in his mature period is made. These aspects are considered with respect to the realist and anti?realist elements in Bo?kovi?'s epistemology
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