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Explanations, Identities, and Theories

  • Robert L. Causey
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 109)

Abstract

In the first section of this chapter I will discuss certain aspects of the logical structure of explanations. The second section will continue the discussion of kinds and attributes, which was begun in Chapter 1. I will show how to distinguish synthetic thing-identities and attribute-identities from nomological co-extensionalities. This section will also examine conditions under which different law-sentences express the same law. Finally, in Section C, I will describe some general features of the structure of scientific theories, and I will state a sufficient condition for two explanatory derivations to represent the same explanation.

Keywords

Causal Explanation Causal Connection Definite Description Logical Truth True Sentence 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1977

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