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[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / a. Types of explanation]

Full Idea

Not all explanations are causal. We can explain some things by showing what follows logically from what, or what is required by the definition of a term, or in terms of purpose.

Gist of Idea

In addition to causal explanations, they can also be inferential, or definitional, or purposive


Robin Le Poidevin (Travels in Four Dimensions [2003], 05 'Limits')

Book Reference

Le Poidevin,Robin: 'Travels in Four Dimensions' [OUP 2003], p.78

A Reaction

Would these fully qualify as 'explanations'? You don't explain the sea by saying that 'wet' is part of its definition.