[KB] (no subject)

Herbert W. Simons hsimons at temple.edu
Sat Aug 9 10:03:45 EDT 2014


A theoretical explanation provides an answer to a why question in a thought
experiment. Example: Gilbert Ryle asked the question: What's the difference
between a wink and a one-eyed blink? His answer took him to the mind-brain
distinction and could have taken KB to action-motion. WINKS ARE DONE IN
ORDER TO; BLINKS TO BECAUSE OF.


On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM, Carrol Cox <cbcox at ilstu.edu> wrote:

> (You need to click "Reply All"; otherwise it goes to the post's sender
> rather than to kb.)
>
> I'm interested in your somewhat cryptic message because on another list I
> am
> writing on the difference between theory on the one hand and "what needs to
> be explained" on the other. And involved in that is a differentiation
> between empirical generalization and theoretical EXPLANATION.
>
> Carrol
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kb-bounces at kbjournal.org [mailto:kb-bounces at kbjournal.org] On Behalf
> Of de gava
> Sent: Friday, August 08, 2014 9:34 PM
> To: kb at kbjournal.org
> Subject: [KB] (no subject)
>
> I think I can add to this discussion. In earlier days I replied to the
> emails I received but they went to Ed so to kick off I'd like to test
> kb at kbjournal.org as an address to the e-list and ask if anyone has looked
> closely into the nature of 'explanations'. More to follow perhaps.
>
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Herbert W. Simons, Ph.D.
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