Single Idea 17298

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / a. Types of explanation]

Full Idea

If there is identity between water and H2O, we have neither the asymmetry nor the irreflexivity that explanations require.


Things can't explain each other, or explain themselves

Gist of Idea

Two things being identical (like water and H2O) is not an explanation


Paul Audi (Clarification and Defense of Grounding [2012], 3.3)

Book Reference

'Metaphysical Grounding', ed/tr. Correia,F/Schnieder,B [CUP 2012], p.105

A Reaction

Once you realise it is H2O, you understand its deeper features, which will open up new explanations. He's right, though.