The Context of Explanation by Martin Bunzl (auth.)

By Martin Bunzl (auth.)

In this publication Martin Bunzl considers the clients for a normal and complete account of clarification, given the range of pursuits that recommended factors in technological know-how. Bunzl argues that any winning account of clarification needs to care for very varied contexts - one static and one dynamic. ordinarily, theories of rationalization were outfitted for the previous of those contexts. that's to assert, they're designed to teach the way it is 'finished' physique of medical wisdom could be placed to explanatory use. yet entire sciences are few and much among. actual 'explanation' additionally happens in a dynamical context within which questions are requested and solutions are given as theories are within the technique of being developed. the following, Bunzl argues that getting to clarification produced lower than those dynamic conditions undermines well-liked positive factors of the speculation of clarification produced within the conventional static context.

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And not just under the new description. Why not say it always did so, irrespective of the description? Requiring that explanation be description-relative does not rule this out in one sense. If there is an explanation to be had under 26 CHAPTER TWO a particular description, then there always has been such an explanation to be had under that description - whether it has been discovered or not. But what it rules out is this view: if the phenomenon (as now described) explains, then it explained before - even under a different (and unenlightening) description.

But in trying to spell this out as a feature of all identity explanation I will argue that it shades into a completely different (but related) concept of explanation: unification. IDENTITY Robert Cummins has argued for the need to distinguish between the explanation of changes and the explanation of properties. 2 Cummins thinks that the pattern of causal explanation (may) suit the former, but not the later. Now Cummins is not interested in taking issue with the 30 IDENTITY AND UNIFICATION 31 inferential connections that make up the structure of DN explanations.

42 Part of Salmon's shift away from an epistemic view of explanation encourages other intuitions about explanation. In particular, one can think of cases in which transparency is a virtue rather than a vice. Suppose an occurrence is an object of interest for a scientific community. And suppose, as conventionally described, it is recalcitrant to inferential or psychological connection with some other phenomenon. Eventually, it is redescribed so that the community sees the connection (or can make the inference) between the phenomena so described.

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