In this paper I explore an avenue 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|
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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