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Single Idea 16822

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

Full Idea

One of the points of our obsessive search for explanations is that this is a peculiarly effective way of discovering the structure of the world.

Gist of Idea

Seaching for explanations is a good way to discover the structure of the world


Peter Lipton (Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd) [2004], 04 'Attractions')

Book Reference

Lipton,Peter: 'Inference to the Best Explanation (2nd ed)' [Routledge 2004], p.66

A Reaction

This remark is a nice corrective to the sceptical view that explanations are entirely subjective, pragmatic, and even conventional. Whether this means that there are 'real' and 'objective' explanations is another matter.

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