This book introduces readers to the topic of explanation. The insights of Plato, Aristotle, J.S. Mill and Carl Hempel are examined, and are used to argue against the view that explanation is merely a problem for the philosophy of science. Having established its importance for understanding knowledge in general, the book concludes with a bold and original explanation of explanation.
`… Ruben has interesting and insightful things to say about every topic he discusses … a very good introduction to the topic of explanation.' - Mind
`An authoritative contribution to the series … an effective introduction to various topics of current concern.' - David Papineau, THES
`This is a book which I much enjoyed reading and found very stimulating. There isn't a stronger recommendation for a book.' - Metascience
`This volume succeeds admirably in being accessible to undergraduates.' - Choice