If philosophy does not yield empirical predictions like science or certain truths like math or logic, what does it do? I have heard of "clarification of concepts" but science and math do that, too.
Let's say that by positing the existence of some unobservable entities (e.g., strings), we can form theories which reliably predict observable behavior. Does the success of such theories provide evidence that the posited entities actually EXIST? Or is the significance of such entities merely heuristic?
Is explanation factive?
On the one hand it seems very explanatory to be told that the Butler did it in the kitchen with the axe, because the Butler always seemed a nasty character and harboured a grudge against the victim, even if the Butler is innocent. But on the other hand it would seem false to say that the murder had been explained in such an instance.
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