Issues concerning scientific explanation have been a focus of philosophical attention from pre socratic times through the modern period however recent discussion really begins with the development of the deductive nomological dn model. Theories of explanation within the philosophy of science there have been competing ideas about what an explanation is historically explanation has been associated with causation to explain an event or phenomenon is to identify its cause. Scientific realism and antirealism debates about scientific realism concern the extent to which we are entitled to hope or believe that science will tell us what the world is really like
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