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The Motives of Scientific Explanation

(Original title: Motívy vedeckého vysvetľovania)
Filozofia, 26 (1971), 1, 26-31.
Type of work: Papers and Discussions
Publication language: Slovak
The author has conceived, his paper as a contribution to the elucidation of one aspect of dialectics of theory and practice. He analyzes explanation as a process of search for answers to questions of a certain type. He has noticed especially the function of the categories of the particular and of the general, and he has voiced several critical remarks to Hempel’s conception of scientific explanation. The controversies about the interpretation of scientific notions and laws are not, according to the author’s opinion, of an academic character, but they touch the very foundation of science.
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