Ideas from 'Mathematical Explanation' by Mark Steiner [1978], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Philosophy of Mathematics: anthology' (ed/tr Jacquette,Dale) [Blackwell 2002,0-631-21870-x]].

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9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 3. Individual Essences
Particular essence is often captured by generality
14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / d. Lawlike explanations
Maybe an instance of a generalisation is more explanatory than the particular case
14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / l. Explanation by proof
Explanatory proofs rest on 'characterizing properties' of entities or structure