Published in 1999, this work sets out to give an account of explanation which is adequate to the problems that arise when looking at physical science. It offers a theory of explanation with supporting analysis, and also an application to the task of giving an account of explanation in quantum mechanics.
Table of Contents
1. New Directions in the Theory of Explanation 2. Explanation and Mechanism 3. The Instance Theory of Explanation 4. Errors of Measurement and Explanation-as-Unification 5. Theoretical Explanation and Errors of Measurement 6. Ellis’ Theory of Quantities 7. Bigelow and Pargetter on Quantities 8. Laws of Nature 9. Laws as Relations between Quantities 10. Quantum Mechanical Quantities 11. Explanation and the Quantum State 12. Reflections.