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Regularity and Rational Explanations

J. R. LUCAS

in The Freedom of the Will

Published in print September 1970 | ISBN: 9780198243434
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243434.003.0009
Regularity and Rational Explanations

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Rational explanations are radically different from regularity ones. Rational explanations satisfy only the weak requirement of universalisability and the weak Verification Principle, whereas regularity explanations satisfy the strong requirement of universalisability and the strong Verification Principle. So far as our ordinary life and ordinary discourse are concerned, we employ both types of explanation, as well as many others.

Keywords: rational explanation; regularity explanation; universalisability

Chapter.  2706 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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