In Erik J. Olsson & Sebastian Enqvist (eds.), Belief Revision Meets Philosophy of Science. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 59–75 (2011)

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Hans Rott
Universität Regensburg
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Drawing inspiration from Lakatos’s philosophy of science, the paper presents a notion of intertheory explanation that is suitable to explain, from the point of view of a successor theory, its predecessor theory’s success (where it is successful) as well as the latter’s failure (where it fails) at the same time. A variation of the Ramsey-test is used, together with a standard AGM belief revision model, to give a semantics for open and counterfactual conditionals and ’because’-sentences featuring in such intertheory explanations. Pre-theoretically described idealizing assumptions play a crucial role in this model, especially when the predecessor theory and the successor theory contradict each other.
Keywords idealization  explanation  conditionals  counterfactuals  theory change
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