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Levels of reasons why and answers to why-questions

Lawler, Insa (2018) Levels of reasons why and answers to why-questions. [Preprint]

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According to Skow (2016, 2017), correct answers to why-questions only cite causes or grounds, but not non-accidental regularities. Accounts that cite non-accidental regularities typically confuse second-level reasons with first-level reasons. Only causes and grounds are first-level reasons why. Non-accidental regularities are second-level reasons why. I first show that Skow’s arguments for the accusation of confusion depend on the independent thesis that only citations of first-level reasons why are (parts of) answers to why-questions. Then, I argue that this thesis is false. Consequently, the claim that correct answers to why-questions only cite causes or grounds is refuted as well.

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Item Type: Preprint
Lawler, Insainsa.lawler@uni-due.de0000-0002-1250-6020
Additional Information: discussion note accepted by the journal Philosophy of Science
Keywords: why-questions; reasons why; non-accidental regularities; explanations
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Dr. Insa Lawler
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 18:28
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 18:28
Item ID: 14484
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Date: 19 March 2018

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