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Single Idea 12313

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 1. Explanation / b. Aims of explanation]

Full Idea

There are a number of reasons why we explain: out of sheer curiosity, to increase our control of a situation, to help understanding by simplifying or making familiar, to confer meaning or significance, and to give scientific authority to some statement.

Gist of Idea

Explanation is for curiosity, control, understanding, to make meaningful, or to give authority


Michael Stanford (Explanation: the state of play [1991], p.172)

Book Reference

'Cogito Magazine 05/3', ed/tr. Pyle,Andrew [Carfax 1991], p.172