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Single Idea 13048

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 1. Explanation / b. Aims of explanation]

Full Idea

Carnap's four criteria for giving a good explication are similarity to the explicandum, exactness, fruitfulness and simplicity.


The 'explicandum' is the thing which is explicated by the 'explicans'

Gist of Idea

Good explications are exact, fruitful, simple and similar to the explicandum


report of Rudolph Carnap (Logical Foundations of Probability [1950], Ch.1) by Wesley Salmon - Four Decades of Scientific Explanation 0.1

Book Reference

Salmon,Wesley C.: 'Four Decades of Scientific Explanation', ed/tr. Humphreys,Paul [Pittsburgh 2006], p.5

A Reaction

[compressed] Salmon's view is that this represents the old attitude, that the contribution of philosophy to explanation is the clarification of the key concepts. Carnap is, of course, a logical empiricist.