Inference, Explanation, and Asymmetry

Synthese (Suppl 4):929-953 (2018)
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Abstract

Explanation is asymmetric: if A explains B, then B does not explain A. Tradition- ally, 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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Jared A. Millson
Rhodes College
Kareem Khalifa
University of California, Los Angeles
Mark Risjord
Emory University

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