Reasons Why

Hardcover | September 24, 2016

byBradford Skow

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Reasons Why first argues that what philosophers are really after, or at least should be after, when they seek a theory of explanation, is a theory of answers to why-questions. It then advances a thesis about what form a theory of answers to why-questions should take: a theory of answers towhy-questions should say what it takes for one fact to be a reason why another fact obtains. The book's main thesis, then, is a theory of reasons why. Every reason why some event happened is either a cause, or a ground, of that event. Challenging this thesis are many examples philosophers havethought they have found of "non-causal explanations." Reasons Why uses two ideas to show that these examples are not counterexamples to the theory it defends. First is the idea that not every part of a good response to a why-question is part of an answer to that why-question. Second is the idea that not every reason why something is a reason why anevent happened is itself a reason why that event happened. In the book's final chapter its theory of reasons why is extended to cover teleological answers to why-questions, and answers to why-questions that give an agent's reason for acting.

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Reasons Why first argues that what philosophers are really after, or at least should be after, when they seek a theory of explanation, is a theory of answers to why-questions. It then advances a thesis about what form a theory of answers to why-questions should take: a theory of answers towhy-questions should say what it takes for one ...

Bradford Skow earned his BA from Oberlin College and his PhD from New York University. He is the author of Objective Becoming, published by Oxford University Press.

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Paperback|Dec 1 2016

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.98 inPublished:September 24, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198785844

ISBN - 13:9780198785842

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Table of Contents

1. A Few Opening Remarks2. From Explanations to Why-Questions3. Reasons Why are Causes or Grounds4. Levels of Reasons Why5. Applications6. Teleology and Reasons for Action7. Conclusion