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FS-10764-78

Peter Achinstein
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218-2625)

Concepts of Scientific Explanation

Three general approaches to scientific explanation will be considered: (1) formalistic accounts, (2) contextual viewpoints, and (3) historical relativism. Among the issues to be treated are the validity of criticisms of these approaches, the relationship between explanation and prediction, whether absolute standards of scientific explanation are possible, and the ontological character of an explanation.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Seminars for College Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$45,868 (approved)
$45,868 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1978 – 9/30/1978