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dc.contributor.authorBokulich, Alisa
dc.date2017-11-14
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-15T18:51:36Z
dc.date.available2019-03-15T18:51:36Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationA Bokulich. 2018. "Representing and Explaining: The Eikonic Conception of Explanation." Philosophy of Science, Volume 85, Issue 5, pp. 793 - 805. https://doi.org/10.1086/699693
dc.identifier.issn0031-8248
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/34297
dc.description.abstractThe ontic conception of explanation, according to which explanations are "full-bodied things in the world," is fundamentally misguided. I argue instead for what I call the eikonic conception, according to which explanations are the product of an epistemic activity involving representations of the phenomena to be explained. What is explained in the first instance is a particular conceptualization of the explanandum phenomenon, contextualized within a given research program or explanatory project. I conclude that this eikonic conception has a number of benefits, including making better sense of scientific practice and allowing for the full range of normative constraints on explanation.en_US
dc.format.extentp. 793 - 805en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofPhilosophy of Scienceen_US
dc.subjectArts & humanitiesen_US
dc.subjectHistory & philosophy of scienceen_US
dc.subjectMechanistic explanationen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectHistory and philosophy of specific fieldsen_US
dc.subjectScience studiesen_US
dc.titleRepresenting and explaining: the eikonic conception of explanationen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1086/699693
pubs.elements-sourcemanual-entryen_US
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pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Philosophyen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_US


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