|Explanation: making a statement in relation to an event, a state, a change or an action that was described before by a deviating statement. The statement will often try to involve circumstances, history, logical premises, causes and causality. See also description, statements, theories, understanding, literal truth, best explanation, causality, cause, completeness.|
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Explanation/Armstrong: a fact can not be used to explain itself - if a law actually exists, then an appeal to the law is a good explanation - explanation does not provide "good reasons": E.g. smoke is a good reason to expect fire, but does not explain the fire.
AR II = Disp
D. M. Armstrong
Dispositions, Tim Crane, London New York 1996
What is a Law of Nature? Cambridge 1983