David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
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European Journal of Philosophy of Science 2 (3):375-394 (2012)
The ontic conception of scientific explanation has been constructed and motivated on the basis of a putative lexical ambiguity in the term explanation. I raise a puzzle for this ambiguity claim, and then give a deflationary solution under which all ontically-rendered talk of explanation is merely elliptical; what it is elliptical for is a view of scientific explanation that altogether avoids the ontic conception. This result has revisionary consequences for New Mechanists and other philosophers of science, many of whom have assimilated their conception of explanation to the ontic conception.
|Keywords||Ambiguity Craver Exhibition Mechanism Mechanistic explanation Ontic conception Salmon Scientific explanation Syllepsis|
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