Single Idea 13926

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / j. Explanations by reduction]

Full Idea

I am not resting my ontology on a simple 'argument to the best explanation'. ..What I want to say is that there are general demands on a kind of explanation, in particular, natural explanation, which require that there are persisting things.

Gist of Idea

Best explanations, especially natural ones, need grounding, notably by persistent objects


Sally Haslanger (Persistence, Change and Explanation [1989], 5)

Book Reference

'Persistence: contemporary readings', ed/tr. Haslanger,S/|Kurtz,RM [MIT 2006], p.170

A Reaction

This is a really nice idea - that best explanation is not just about specific cases, but also about best foundations for explanations in general, which brings in our metaphysics. I defend the role of essences in these best explanations.

Related Ideas

Idea 13924 The persistence of objects seems to be needed if the past is to explain the present [Haslanger]

Idea 13925 Ontology disputes rest on more basic explanation disputes [Haslanger]