Romeo, René and the Reasons Why: What Explanation Is

C. S. Jenkins

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This paper suggests that our everyday explanation talk exhibits a number of important dimensions of variation, then proposes a functionalist account of explanation to help accommodate them. The functional role of explanations is given in terms of answering why-questions, which in turn is spelled out in terms of the provision of information about non-inferential consequence. Realizers of the explanation role can be found by considering various consequence relations, including (for example) relations of causal and nomic consequence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-84
Number of pages24
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Issue number1 part 1
Early online date26 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


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