How can there be extra-mathematical explanations

Talk by Sorin Bangu (University of Bergen)

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Sorin Bangu

The paper proposes a strategy to reconstruct the typical examples of what is currently called ‘extra-mathematical’ explanations, or mathematical explanations of physical phenomena. These reconstructions show that they all fit a common model, in which the role of mathematics is explicatory. Isolating this role may help re-focusing the current debate on the more specific question as to whether this explicatory role is (as I suggest here) also an explanatory one.


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