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Representing and Explaining: The Eikonic Conception of Scientific Explanation

Bokulich, Alisa (2018) Representing and Explaining: The Eikonic Conception of Scientific Explanation. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The ontic conception of explanation, according to which explanations are "full-bodied
things in the world," is fundamentally misguided. I argue instead for what I call the
eikonic conception, according to which explanations are the product of an epistemic
activity involving representations of the phenomena to be explained. What is explained
in the first instance is a particular conceptualization of the explanandum phenomenon,
contextualized within a given research program or explanatory project. I conclude that
this eikonic conception has a number of benefits, including making better sense of
scientific practice and allowing for the full range of normative constraints on explanation


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Item Type: Preprint
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Bokulich, Alisaabokulic@bu.edu
Keywords: Scientific Explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Alisa Bokulich
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 13:51
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2018 13:51
Item ID: 14372
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14372

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