Theories of explanation within the philosophy of science there have been competing ideas about what an explanation is historically explanation has been associated with causation to explain an event or phenomenon is to identify its cause. A really satisfying theory of explanation should provide some principled answer to the question of whether all why explanation must be causal and according to what notion of causal this is so or not so rather than just assuming an affirmative or negative answer to this question again to the extent that there are non causal forms of . Theories of explanation is a fascinating book about the philosophy of science and technology s t and methodologies for building knowledge and explaining the knowledge building process while the subject itself is absolutely interesting the reading is tough in fact very tough first part of the reason is that the book is a collection of . Theories of explanation seek to tell us what distinctively explanatory information is the most ambitious ones such as the dn account seek to tell us what an explanation is tout court less ambitious ones such as causal theories restrict themselves to a particular domain of inquiry
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