Philosophy Seminar Series: 29 Sept 2011, 2-4pm, Philosophy Resource Room; Speaker: Lina Jansson, Assistant Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU; Moderator: Dr. Ben Blumson
Both Newton’s theory of gravity and the theory of general relativity are central examples of explanatory progress within the sciences. In this talk I argue that both cases provide instances of explanation where a more complicated attitude than the standard accounts of explanation can easily accommodate is warranted. Moreover, this problem affects any account with a specific kind of exclusivity about the relationships that can do explanatory work. Here, I suggest that developing an account of explanation based on a notion of dependence allows us to better understand these central cases.