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Single Idea 15111

[catalogued under 14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 2. Demonstration]

Full Idea

Demonstration encompasses more than deductive entailment, in that the explanatory order of priority represented in a successful demonstration must mirror precisely the causal order of priority present in the phenomena in question.

Gist of Idea

In demonstration, the explanatory order must mirror the causal order of the phenomena


Kathrin Koslicki (Essence, Necessity and Explanation [2012], 13.1)

Book Reference

'Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics', ed/tr. Tahko,Tuomas [CUP 2012], p.189

A Reaction

She is referring to Aristotle's 'Posterior Analytics'. Put so clearly this sounds like an incredibly useful concept in discussing how we present good modern scientific explanations. Reinstating Aristotle is a major priority for philosophy!

Related Idea

Idea 15116 Essences cause necessary features, and definitions describe those necessary features [Koslicki]