Roczniki Filozoficzne

Volume 19, Issue 3, 1971

Zygmunt Hajduk
Pages 61-75

The Explanatory Function of Reduction

The paper presents a certain fragment of the recently carried discussion which deals with one of the aspects of a theoretical explanation of reduction. The very notion of reduction is introduced here in the contextual way and is applied mainly to physical theories. Formal and factual conditions were exposed to a detailed analysis along with assuming an attitude towards some reservations set up against them. A special stress was put upon these conditions which are especially important as regards intertheoretical deductive explanations as well as on meaning elements of the term „reduction”. In the final part of the paper an attempt was made to group different approaches to reduction.