Holistic Explanation

Discipline: Philosophy

Explanation of a kind claimed to be especially required in the spheres of perceptual experience and the actions of a rational agent, where explanations cannot be given in terms of single factors (beliefs, desires, and so on) but only in terms of whole systems of such factors interrelated in complex ways.

However, the elaboration of the features that identify holistic explanations as such is itself a difficult and disputed topic.

Source:
C Peacocke, Holistic Explanation (1979)

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