How-possibly explanations as genuine explanations and helpful heuristics: A comment on Forber.

@article{Reydon2012HowpossiblyEA,
  title={How-possibly explanations as genuine explanations and helpful heuristics: A comment on Forber.},
  author={Thomas A. C. Reydon},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={43 1},
  pages={
          302-10; discussion 298-301
        }
}
Recently, Forber introduced a distinction between two kinds of how-possibly explanation, global and local how-possibly explanation, and argued that both play genuinely explanatory roles in evolutionary biology. In this paper I examine the nature of these two kinds of how-possibly explanations, focusing on the question whether they indeed constitute genuine explanations. I will conclude that one of Forber's kinds of how-possibly explanation may be thought of as a kind of genuine explanation but… CONTINUE READING
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