Explanation is a Genus: An Essay on the Varieties of Scientific Explanation

Synthese 130 (3):317-354 (2002)
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Mariam Thalos
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abstract
I shall endeavor to show that every physical theory since Newton explainswithout drawing attention to causes–that, in other words, physical theories as physical theories aspire to explain under an ideal quite distinctfrom that of causal explanation. If I am right, then even if sometimes theexplanations achieved by a physical theory are not in violation ofthe standard of causal explanation, this is purely an accident. For physicaltheories, as I will show, do not, as such, aim at accommodating the goals oraspirations of causal explanation. This will serve as the founding insightfor a new theory of explanation, which will itself serve as the cornerstoneof a new theory of scientific method
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy   Epistemology   Logic   Metaphysics   Philosophy of Language
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