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Explanatory fictions--for real?

Schindler, Samuel (2013) Explanatory fictions--for real? [Preprint]

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In this article I assess Alisa Bokulich’s idea that explanatory model fictions can be genuinely explanatory. I draw attention to a tension in her account between the claim that model fictions are explanatorily autonomous, and the demand that model fictions be justified in order for them to be genuinely explanatory. I also explore the consequences that arise from Bokulich’s use of Woodward’s account of counterfactual explanation and her abandonment of Woodward’s notion of an intervention. As it stands, Bokulich’s account must be deemed unworkable.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Schindler, Samuelsamuel.schindler@css.au.dk
Additional Information: forthcoming in Synthese
Keywords: explanation, fiction, model
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Samuel Schindler
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 22:21
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 13:45
Item ID: 10071
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10071

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