Chapter

The Nature of Explanation

Richard Swinburne

in The Existence of God

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598609 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198239637.003.0003

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Nature of Explanation

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There are two kinds of explanation of phenomena – the scientific explanation in terms of laws of nature and initial conditions, or better in terms of things and their process as bio?; and personal explanation in terms of pe?. their capacities, intentions, and beliefs. Some observable phenomena explained as brought about by pe, others as brought about by natural laws. But there can only be two explanations of a phenomenon if one explains the operation of the factors involved in the other. Explanations of phenomena as brought about by God are personal explanations.

Keywords: explanation; God; laws of nature; initial conditions; personal explanation; scientific explanation

Chapter.  13513 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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