- n. That which is to be explained
- n. (logic) a statement of something (a fact or thing or expression) to be explained
“There is however a methodological priority to descriptive psychology compared to experimental psychology, in that analysis and description of the explanandum is a prerequisite to its explanation.”
“But he assumes that the explanandum is a fact or basic generality about biological mechanisms (rather than a genuine law or a whole theory), such as the mechanism of action potentials in neurotransmission.”
“Whereas in event-explanations the relation between the explanans and the explanandum is empirical, in action-explanations the relationship between the explanans and the explanandum is a logical or conceptual relation.”
“If it does not cover pecan prices, which narrower class of prices constitutes the explanandum?”
“This points out how JET's editors favor math proofs rather than persuasive explanantions about the explanandum.”
“We looked for mere illustration of the explanandum, mere claim of reason to care, mere claim of merit in the offered explanation.”
“This is simply a re-statement of the explanandum, and a very defective one at that.”
“If 'laws' is just shorthand way to refer to the observed regularities, then one is merely identifying the explanandum, not providing an explanans at all.”
“For all other problems, the basis of biological evolution, genome replication, is in place but, in the case of OORT, the emergence of this mechanism itself is the explanandum.”
“A theory should be formalized as a first-order deductive system with primitive terms and defined terms; some of its terms should have criteria of application to observable outcomes; explanation proceeds by deriving a description of the explanandum from the theory; and the theory should be tested by evaluating the truth or falsity of its observational consequences.”
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