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Inference, Explanation, and Asymmetry

Khalifa, Kareem and Millson, Jared and Risjord, Mark (2018) Inference, Explanation, and Asymmetry. [Preprint]

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Explanation is asymmetric: if A explains B, then B does not explain A. Traditionally, the asymmetry of explanation was thought to favor causal accounts of explanation over their rivals, such as those that take explanations to be inferences. In this paper, we develop a new inferential approach to explanation that outperforms causal approaches in accounting for the asymmetry of explanation.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Synthese
Keywords: explanation, inference, asymmetry, causation
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Dr. Kareem Khalifa
Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 20:53
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 20:53
Item ID: 14631
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Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 1 May 2018

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