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Single Idea 16809

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / e. Lawlike explanations]

Full Idea

Many ordinary explanations include no laws and allow no deduction, yet are not incomplete or mere sketches.

Gist of Idea

Good explanations may involve no laws and no deductions


Peter Lipton (Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd) [2004], 02 'Reason')

Book Reference

Lipton,Peter: 'Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd ed)' [Routledge 2004], p.27

A Reaction

The simplest sort of explanation simply shows the underlying cause.