Reasons Why

2017.05.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bradford Skow, Reasons Why, Oxford University Press, 2016, 195pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198785842. Reviewed by Christopher
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2017.05.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bradford Skow, Reasons Why, Oxford University Press, 2016, 195pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198785842. Reviewed by Christopher Pincock, Ohio State University Bradford Skow's elegant and tightly argued book goes very much against the prevailing tide of recent discussions of scientific explanation. While many emphasize the pluralism and contextualism of explanatory practice, Skow offers a remarkably simple account of explanation for events: the reasons why an event occurs are always either causes or grounds of that event. Skow's defense of this account is ingenious and worth taking seriously. If he is right, then his scientific explanations can be fruitfully integrated into the explanations developed in the metaphysics of science. In this short review I can only sketch some of the core ideas of Skow's approach and raise a few preliminary questions. It is important to emphasize that Skow does not frame his. . .

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