Bidragets översatta titel : Explanation-by-norms

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Philosophers’ search for the best way to explain human actions has led many to accept a core psychological model that can be supplemented by other forms of action explanation when needed. Rather than settling for this model – where everything ultimately hinges on psychological explanation – this paper argues for a pluralistic view. It does not claim that the psychological view is wrong, only that it is not as universally applicable as it is often taken to be. Explanation-by-norms is suggested as an important form of explanation in its own right. It explains actions by revealing how they conform to norms and patterns and become intelligible in light of them. Explanation-by-norms is shown to be especially salient in the case of slips.
Bidragets översatta titel Explanation-by-norms
Sidor (från-till)9-21
TidskriftHumanities Bulletin
StatusPublished - 2019 nov. 30

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Filosofi


  • Action explanation, norms, slips, belief/desire model, rationalization, Michael Smith, Donald Davidson.


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