The Meta-Explanatory Question

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Philosophical theories of explanation characterize the difference between correct and incorrect explanations. While remaining neutral as to which of these ‘first-order’ theories is right, this paper asks the ‘meta-explanatory’ question: is the difference between correct and incorrect explanation real, i.e., objective or mind-independent? After offering a framework for distinguishing realist from anti-realist views, I sketch three distinct paths to explanatory anti-realism.

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Laura Franklin-Hall
New York University

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Expressivism about explanatory relevance.Josh Hunt - forthcoming - Philosophical Studies:1-27.

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