, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 371–390 | Cite as

Theoretical explanation and errors of measurement

  • John Forge


By using the concept of a uniformity, the Structuralists have given us a most useful means of representing approximations. In the second section of this paper, I have made use of this technique to show how we can deal with errors of measurement — imprecise explananda — in the context of theoretical explanation. As well as (I hope) providing further demonstration of the power of the Structuralist approach, this also serves to support the ontic conception of explanation by showing that it can help us resolve substantial problems in the theory of explanation.


Theoretical Explanation Structuralist Approach Substantial Problem Ontic Conception 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Forge
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  1. 1.Division of Science and TechnologyGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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