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Deductive Nomological Model and Mathematics: Making Dissatisfaction more Satisfactory

Daniele Molinini
Theoria: An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Vol. 29, No. 2 (80) (May 2014), pp. 223-241
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43611801
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

The discussion on mathematical explanation has inherited the same sense of dissatisfaction that philosophers of science expressed, in the context of scientific explanation, towards the deductive-nomological model. This model is regarded as unable to cover cases of bona fide mathematical explanations and, furthermore, it is largely ignored in the relevant literature. Surprisingly, the reasons for this ostracism are not sufficiently manifest. In this paper I explore a possible extension of the model to the case of mathematical explanations and I claim that there are at least two reasons to judge the deductive-nomological picture of explanation as inadequate in that context. El debate sobre la explicación matemática ha heredado el mismo sentimiento de insatisfacción que los filósofos de la ciencia expresaron, en el contexto de la explicación científica, hacia el modelo nomológico deductivo. Este modelo se considera incapaz de cubrir casos de explicaciones matemáticas genuínas y, además, continúa siendo ignorado en gran medida en la literatura relevante. Sorprendentemente, las razones de este ostracismo no son suficientemente manifiestas. En este artículo exploro una posible extensión del modelo al caso de las explicaciones matemáticas y sostengo que hay por lo menos dos razones para juzgar la imagen nomológico deductiva de la explicación como inadecuada en este contexto.

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