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Scientific explanation and Sklar's views of space and time

Philosophy of Science 46 (2):287-294 (1979)
We examine critically the interdependence between science and philosophy which Sklar asserts in Space, Time, and Spacetime. We find that such a view makes it difficult to criticize the ideas of science, like that of absolute space, on their own merits, without importing extraneous philosophical associations. It also impedes appreciation of the importance, and subtlety, of explanation in scientific theory. As a result, particular explanations, such as the one Newton offered of his bucket experiment, are dismissed facilely-- indeed, all geometric explanation appears illegitimate--, and such general attitudes as conventionalism appear to lack rationale
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