Single Idea 7060

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

Full Idea

One form of explanation is by decomposition.

Gist of Idea

One form of explanation is by decomposition


John Heil (From an Ontological Point of View [2003], 19.8)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'From an Ontological Point of View' [OUP 2005], p.236

A Reaction

This is a fancy word for taking it apart, presumably to see how it works, which implies a functional explanation, rather than to see what it is made of, which seeks an ontological explanation. Simply 'decomposing' something wouldn't in itself explain.