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.
Author Item Excerpt Meta data
Maturana, H.
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Explanation I 9
Explanation/Maturana: one explains experience with experience.
I 12
Definition statement: generative mechanism that corresponds to the regularities of experience. This mechanism and the explanatory experience do not occur in the same phenomenal area - the explanation does not replace the experience - the explanation extends the area in which the observer lives.
I 68
Language/explanation/Maturana: closed area- not to leave by linguistic means - it follows: the logic of description is the logic of the descriptive (living) system - only a complete reproduction is a full explanation.
I 96
Explanation/Maturana: 1. delimitation of the to be explained system or phenomenon - 2. delimitation of components and relations - declaration = Reproduction - mechanistical: weight and sum of the weights of the parts - vitalistical: teleonomic: refers to the properties of the parts.
I 146
Explanation/Maturana: always the answer to the question of the emergence of a phenomenon - Criteria: set by the listener - it creates an explanation area.
I 224
Initially our lives proceed regardless of our explanations - but its course is then entirely dependent on them.
I 192
Explanation/Maturana: constitutive characteristics are not in need of explanation.
I 239
Explanation area/Maturana: depends on preferences for basic assumptions - is not constituted by measuring, quantification or predictions, but by validation criteria - divided scientists belong to different communities - they do not share the criterion of validation.

Mat I
U. Maturana
Biologie der Realit├Ąt Frankfurt 2000

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-26