Explanation pp 43-59 | Cite as

What Good is an Explanation?

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 302)


We are addicted to explanation, constantly asking and answering why-questions. But what does an explanation give us? I will consider some of the possible goods, intrinsic and instrumental, that explanations provide.


Causal Explanation Reason Conception Causal Knowledge Philosophical Explanation Explanatory Practice 
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