Explanatory Reason

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An Explanatory Reason is a consideration which serve to explain why things have happened.



  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reason_%28argument%29#Normative_vs._explanatory_reasons
    • Explanatory reasons are considerations which serve to explain why things have happened — they are reasons why events occur, or why states of affairs are the way they are. In other words, "reason" can also be a synonym for “cause”. For example, a reason why a car starts is that its ignition is turned. In the context of explaining the actions of beings who act for reasons (i.e., rational agents), these are called motivating reasons — e.g., the reason why Bill went to college was to learn; i.e., that he would learn was his motivating reason. At least where a rational agent is acting rationally, her motivating reasons are those considerations which she believes count in favor of her so acting.