Explanatory Pluralism

Dr. Neil Campbell
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In this paper I explore some avenues of support for what we might call explanatory pluralism—the view that reason-giving is not a species of causal explanation. I argue that explaining by appealing to an agent's reasons satisfy our epistemic needs and create understanding in a quite different way than causal explanations. Causal explanations explain by subsuming events under true causal generalizations, whereas reasons explain by rendering an agent's behaviour rational.

Keywords: Action, Explanation, Reason, Cause
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Neil Campbell

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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