Emile Meyerson on scientific explanation

Philosophy of Science 5 (1):73-80 (1938)
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Abstract

In the works which constitute his distinguished contribution to philosophy, Emile Meyerson has advanced and defended the opinion that scientific explanation consists in transforming empirically discovered natural laws into statements of identity in time. This contention, which it is the purpose of the present paper to examine, is of great interest both on its own account and by reason of its intimate connection with Meyerson's central thesis that all thought consists essentially in similar processes of identification. Indeed so intimate is this connection that our present inquiry although it deals explicitly only with the nature of scientific explanation nevertheless constitutes by implication an examination of the more general thesis also, for if scientific explanation is not a process of identification then obviously not all thought is identificatory.

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Meyerson: Science and the “irrational”.Mario Biagioli - 1988 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 19 (1):5-42.

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