Philosophy of Science 76 (4):444-463 (2009)
|Abstract||Although prediction has been largely absent from discussions of explanation for the past 40 years, theories of explanation can gain much from a reintroduction. I review the history that divorced prediction from explanation, examine the proliferation of models of explanation that followed, and argue that accounts of explanation have been impoverished by the neglect of prediction. Instead of a revival of the symmetry thesis, I suggest that explanation should be understood as a cognitive tool that assists us in generating new predictions. This view of explanation and prediction clarifies what makes an explanation scientific and why inference to the best explanation makes sense in science. *Received August 2009; revised September 2009. †To contact the author, please write to: Department of Philosophy, University of Tennessee, 801 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37920‐0480; e‐mail: email@example.com.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Michael Strevens (2008). Depth: An Account of Scientific Explanation. Harvard University Press.
James Owen Weatherall (2011). On (Some) Explanations in Physics. Philosophy of Science 78 (3):421-447.
Nicholas Rescher (1963). Discrete State Systems, Markov Chains, and Problems in the Theory of Scientific Explanation and Prediction. Philosophy of Science 30 (4):325-345.
Brown Grier (1975). Prediction, Explanation, and Testability as Criteria for Judging Statistical Theories. Philosophy of Science 42 (4):373-383.
Richard Swinburne (1990). The Limits of Explanation. Philosophy 27 (Supplement):177 - 193.
Neil Tennant (forthcoming). The Logical Structure of Scientific Explanation and Prediction: Planetary Orbits in a Sun's Gravitational Field. Studia Logica.
W. A. Suchting (1967). Deductive Explanation and Prediction Revisited. Philosophy of Science 34 (1):41-52.
Joseph F. Hanna (1969). Explanation, Prediction, Description, and Information Theory. Synthese 20 (3):308 - 334.
Michael Strevens (2006). Scientific Explanation. In D. M. Borchert (ed.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy, second edition.
Kristin Andrews (2003). Knowing Mental States: The Asymmetry of Psychological Prediction and Explanation. In Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.), Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2010-01-30
Total downloads68 ( #12,949 of 549,122 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #63,361 of 549,122 )
How can I increase my downloads?