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
Dr. Neil Campbell
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University