Ideas from 'Explaining Explanation' by David-Hillel Ruben [1990], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Explaining Explanation' by Ruben,David-Hillel [Routledge 1990,0-415-08765-1]].

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1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 5. Against Analysis
Paradox: why do you analyse if you know it, and how do you analyse if you don't?
14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 4. Prediction
The 'symmetry thesis' says explanation and prediction only differ pragmatically
14. Science / D. Explanation / 1. Explanation / a. Explanation
Usually explanations just involve giving information, with no reference to the act of explanation
14. Science / D. Explanation / 1. Explanation / c. Direction of explanation
An explanation needs the world to have an appropriate structure
14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / a. Types of explanation
Most explanations are just sentences, not arguments
14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / f. Causal explanations
The causal theory of explanation neglects determinations which are not causal
14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / i. Explanations by reduction
Reducing one science to another is often said to be the perfect explanation
14. Science / D. Explanation / 4. Explanation Doubts / a. Explanation as pragmatic
Facts explain facts, but only if they are conceptualised or named appropriately