Erkenntnis:1-18 (2022)

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Harjit Bhogal
University of Maryland, College Park
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Some patterns call out for explanation, in the sense that we have a pro tanto reason to reject theories that do not give them an appropriate explanation. I argue that certain modal patterns call out for explanation in this way—and this provides a reason to reject certain theories of modality that fail to explain such patterns. However, I also consider a response to this argument, which claims that the modal patterns do not need explanation. This response might be viable but it involves some substantial commitments about the nature of explanation.
Keywords Modality  Explanation  Strikingness  Pattern Subsumption  Coincidences
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-022-00524-y
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