Purposes, Causes, and Reasons Explanations

G. F. Schueler

in Reasons and Purposes

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199250370
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598364 | DOI:
 Purposes, Causes, and Reasons Explanations

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Why would anyone deny the belief‐desire account of reasons explanations? It is argued here that the real question is whether the purposive, and hence apparently teleological, nature of reasons explanations in the end must be understood in non‐teleological (and hence presumably purely causal or ‘mechanical’) terms.

Keywords: belief‐desire account; causal explanation; causes; purposes; reasons; teleological

Chapter.  9197 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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