Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Explanation: making a statement in relation to an event, a state, a change or an action that was described before by a deviating statement. The statement will often try to involve circumstances, history, logical premises, causes and causality. See also description, statements, theories, understanding, literal truth, best explanation, causality, cause, completeness.
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IV 165
Explanation: A basic term is not defined, but explicated by means of its different varieties.
II 67
reduction sentences / Carnap: If we want to construct a language of science, we must take some descriptive (ie not logical) expressions as basic expressions. Other expressions can then be introduced by means of reduction sentences.
II 68
GoodmanVsCarnap / reduction sentences: pretty absurd, the whole thing, in my opinion, philosophy has the task of explicating the science (and the everyday language), not to describe it. The explication (> Quine) must refer to the pre-systematic use of the terms under consideration, but does not have to adhere to the ordering. It is all about economy and unification.

N. Goodman
Weisen der Welterzeugung Frankfurt 1984

N. Goodman
Tatsache Fiktion Voraussage Frankfurt 1988

N. Goodman
Sprachen der Kunst Frankfurt 1997

N. Goodman/K. Elgin
Revisionen Frankfurt 1989

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-30