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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Kaetlin Dianeen
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-10T08:01:24Zen
dc.date.available2017-06-10T08:01:24Zen
dc.date.issued2017-06-09en
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:11115en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/78011en
dc.description.abstractWhile Wesley Salmon attributes the debate on scientific explanation between Carl Hempel and Peter Railton (or between the epistemic and ontic conceptions of scientific explanation, more generally) as one over which conception of explanation is correct, I claim that Hempel and Railton were responding to two different questions altogether. Hempel was addressing a question akin to 'what is scientific explanation?', while Railton was focused on a question more similar to 'what is scientific explanation?' In this paper I discuss the different questions Hempel and Railton were addressing, and how distinguishing these two questions can aid in the discussion of the requirements and adequacy of models of scientific explanation. While these two questions are clearly inter-related, I claim that we should not judge the adequacy of an answer to one of these questions on the basis of the adequacy of an answer to the other.en
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
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dc.subjectPhilosophy of Scienceen
dc.subjectExplanationen
dc.subjectOntic Explanationen
dc.subjectEpistemic Explanationen
dc.titleThe Epistemic and Ontic Conceptions of Scientific Explanationen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen
dc.contributor.committeechairPatton, Lydia K.en
dc.contributor.committeememberJantzen, Benjamin C.en
dc.contributor.committeememberTrogdon, Kelly Griffithen


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