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Explanatory Games

Mantzavinos, C. (2013) Explanatory Games. The Journal of Philosophy, CX. pp. 606-632. ISSN 0022-362X

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Abstract

A philosophical theory of explanation should provide solutions to a series of problems, both descriptive and normative. The aim of this essay is to establish the claim that this can be best done if one theorizes in terms of explanatory games rather than focusing on the explication of the concept of explanation. The position that is adopted is that of an explanatory pluralism and it is elaborated in terms of the rules that incorporate the normative standards that guide the processes of discovery and justification of explanations as well as the modes of their communication, dissemination, and adoption. They constitute the rules of the explanatory game that the participants are playing. The philosophical project consists in describing and normatively appraising the rules that constitute these games.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Mantzavinos, C.cmantzavinos@phs.uoa.gr
Keywords: Explanation; Games; Scientific Practices; Justification; Criticism, Münchhausen Trilemma; Constitutive Rules
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. Chrysostomos Mantzavinos
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2020 05:28
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2020 05:28
Item ID: 18395
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Philosophy
Publisher: The Journal of Philosophy, Inc
Official URL: https://www.pdcnet.org/jphil/content/jphil_2013_01...
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: November 2013
Page Range: pp. 606-632
Volume: CX
ISSN: 0022-362X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18395

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