Explanation explained

Synthese 120 (1):61-75 (1999)
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Abstract

Many philosophers consider explanation to be objective such that facts explain facts independently of human beings. This paper rejects such an ontological view and argues in favor of an epistemic view, named the pragmatic-rhetorical view, according to which explanations depend on our knowledge and are grounded in the public or scientific discourse.

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Jan Faye
University of Copenhagen

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