Positivist Models of Explanation

Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 47)


The positivists followed the empiricist tradition of Bacon, Hume and J.S. Mill in defending the following model of explanation:1 one explains the individual fact that a is G by means of a law, that is, a true generalization,2 and certain individual facts, called the initial conditions, which are such that they and the law together jointly entail or logically imply the fact to be explained.


Geometrical Optic Positivist Model Existence Claim Empiricist Tradition Cognitive Interest 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of TorontoCanada

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