Remarks on a Structural Account of Scientific Explanation

@inproceedings{Felline2010RemarksOA,
  title={Remarks on a Structural Account of Scientific Explanation},
  author={L. Felline},
  year={2010}
}
The problems that exist in relating quantum mechanical phenomena to classical concepts like properties, causes, or entities like particles or waves are well-known and still open to question, so that there is not yet an agreement on what kind of metaphysics lies at the foundations of quantum mechanics. However, physicists constantly use the formal resources of quantum mechanics in order to explain quantum phenomena. The structural account of explanation, therefore, tries to account for this kind… Expand
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