Inference, Explanation, and Asymmetry

Synthese (2018)

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Jared A. Millson
California State University, Bakersfield
Mark Risjord
Emory University
Kareem Khalifa
Middlebury College
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.
Keywords Explanation  Inference  Asymmetry  Non-causal Explanations
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-018-1791-y
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