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Explanation and Deduction
A Defence of Deductive Chauvinism

By Henrik Hållsten
June 2001
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 91-22-01914-6
165 pages
$51.00 paper original

This Ph.D. thesis defends deductive explanation against two types of putative counterexamples: those found in genuinely indeterministic systems and those found in complex dynamic systems. Using Railton's notions of explanatory information and ideal explanatory text, deductivism is defended in an indeterministic setting. However, the use of the notion of an ideal explanatory text gives rise to problems in accounting for explanations in complex dynamic systems-these problems are considered and a solution is suggested.

Stockholm Studies in Philosophy, No. 21.