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Philosophical Theories of Explanation

Robert W. Batterman

in The Devil in the Details

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195146479
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833078 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195146476.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Philosophical Theories of Explanation

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This chapter discusses in detail a distinction between types of why‐questions. It considers Hempelian models of explanation and their successors and argues that neither causal mechanical models nor unification models can adequately provide explanations of universal behavior.

Keywords: deductive‐nomological explanation; explanation; explanatory unification; inductive‐statistical explanation; nomological; why‐questions

Chapter.  6125 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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