Title

Program explanation and higher-order properties

RIS ID

34839

Publication Details

Bliss, S. & Fernandez, J. 2010, 'Program explanation and higher-order properties', Acta Analytica, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 393-411.

Abstract

Our aim in this paper is to evaluate Frank Jackson and Philip Pettit's 'program explanation' framework as an account of the autonomy of the special sciences, We argue that this framework can only explain the autonomy of the special range explanations. The reason for this limitation is that the framework overlooks a distinction between two kinds of properties,which we refer to as 'higher-level' and 'higher-order' properties. The program explanation framework can account for the autonomy of special science explanations that appeal to higher-level properties but it does not account for the autonomy of most of those explanations that appeal to higher-order properties.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12136-010-0094-9