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The Ends of Explanation

Bryan Magee

in The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780198237228
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191706233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237227.003.0002
The Ends of Explanation

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Investigates the contents of Schopenhauer's first book On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason. This is devoted to the nature of explanation. It concludes that all events in the empirical world fall under one or more of four forms of explanation: scientific, mathematical, logical, and motivational. Since all meaningful empirical concepts are derived from experience, and no valid deductive argument can add to the content of its own premises, the only fully satisfactory empirical knowledge is provided by direct perception.

Keywords: direct perception; empirical; empirical knowledge; experience; explanation; logical explanation; knowledge; mathematical explanation; motivational explanation; On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason; Schopenhauer; scientific explanation

Chapter.  10204 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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