The Context of Explanation

  • Martin¬†Bunzl

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 149)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Martin Bunzl
    Pages 11-29
  3. Martin Bunzl
    Pages 30-41
  4. Martin Bunzl
    Pages 42-58
  5. Martin Bunzl
    Pages 59-72
  6. Martin Bunzl
    Pages 73-84
  7. Martin Bunzl
    Pages 85-97
  8. Martin Bunzl
    Pages 98-110
  9. Martin Bunzl
    Pages 111-130
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 131-164

About this book


In this book Martin Bunzl considers the prospects for a general and comprehensive account of explanation, given the variety of interests that prompt explanations in science. Bunzl argues that any successful account of explanation must deal with two very different contexts - one static and one dynamic. Traditionally, theories of explanation have been built for the former of these two contexts. That is to say, they are designed to show how it is that a 'finished' body of scientific knowledge can be put to explanatory use. But finished sciences are few and far between. Real 'explanation' also occurs in a dynamical context in which questions are asked and answers are given as theories are in the process of being constructed. Here, Bunzl argues that attending to explanation produced under these dynamic circumstances undermines prominent features of the theory of explanation produced in the traditional static context.


interpret knowledge science

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin¬†Bunzl
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyRutgers UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4760-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1735-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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