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  title={Newton on Islandworld: Ontic-Driven Explanations of Scientific Method},
  author={Adrian Mitchell Currie and Kirsten Walsh},
  journal={Perspectives on Science},
Philosophers and scientists often cite ontic factors when explaining the methods and success of scientific inquiry. That is, the adoption of a method or approach (and its subsequent success or otherwise) is explained in reference to the kind of system in which the scientist is interested: these are explanations of why scientists do what they do, that appeal to properties of their target systems. We present a framework for understanding such “ontic-driven” explanations, and illustrate it using a… 
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