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Single Idea 13050

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / a. Types of explanation]

Full Idea

The 'inferential' conception of scientific explanation is the thesis that all legitimate scientific explanations are arguments of one sort or another.

Gist of Idea

The 'inferential' conception is that all scientific explanations are arguments


Wesley Salmon (Four Decades of Scientific Explanation [1989], 1.1)

Book Reference

Salmon,Wesley C.: 'Four Decades of Scientific Explanation', ed/tr. Humphreys,Paul [Pittsburgh 2006], p.24

A Reaction

This seems to imply that someone has to be persuaded of something, and hence seems a rather too pragmatic view. I presume an explanation might be no more than dumbly pointing at conclusive evidence of a cause. Man with smoking gun.