<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Explanation (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17814.htm">Thesis - Explanation</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17814.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_764.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_764.htm">Explanation</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17814_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17814_2"></A></u> (as at 12/02/2018 13:01:55): Explanation</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17814_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17814_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>I describe my <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_733.htm">project</A><SUP>4</SUP> as one of  inference to the best explanation , so I need to give an account of what an explanation is. </li><li>I have certain prejudices as to what an explanation is  a bias towards modern scientific as against Aristotelian forms of explanation, whereby an explanation has to fill in the details of mechanism, hopefully with quantification, rather than be vaguely gesturing. </li><li>I need to define and defend this position, but as it s methodological and somewhat peripheral  without causing too much of a diversion from my main concerns. I can t get into a full-blown study of the philosophy of science. </li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17814_5">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>5</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17814_5"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17814_6">include</A></U><SUB>6</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17814_6"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_234.htm">Harman (Gilbert) - The Inference to the Best Explanation</A>", Harman</li><li><a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7968.htm">Hempel (Carl) - Theories and Theoretical Explanation</A>", Hempel</li><li><a name="6"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4233.htm">Hornsby (Jennifer) - Mind, Causation and Explanation - Introduction: Personal and Subpersonal Levels</A>", Hornsby</li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="7"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4142.htm">Carruthers (Peter) - Knowledge By Best Explanation</A>", Carruthers</li><li><a name="10"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_301.htm">Earman (John), Ed. - Inference, Explanation and Other Philosophical Frustrations</A>", Earman</li><li><a name="8"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_06/Abstract_6676.htm">Haslanger (Sally) - Persistence, Change, and Explanation</A>", Haslanger</li><li><a name="9"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7339.htm">Kment (Boris) - Counterfactuals and Explanation</A>", Kment</li><li><a name="11"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_340.htm">Lipton (Peter) - Inference to the Best Explanation</A>", Lipton</li><li><a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_9.htm">Nozick (Robert) - Philosophical Explanations</A>", Nozick</li><li><a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_02/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_2068.htm">Ruben (David-Hillel) - Explaining Explanation</A>", Ruben</li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>7</SUP>. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P17814_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17814_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (12/02/2018 13:01:55). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_764.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17814_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17814_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>I ve decided to add some text  whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive  for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17814_5"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17814_5"><B>Footnote 5</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17814_6"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17814_6"><B>Footnote 6</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I may have read others in between updates of this Note  in which case they will be marked as such in the  References and Reading List below.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; 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