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The Nature of Explanation


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Preface; Introduction; 1. The function and importance of explanation. Discussion of some current theories; 2. A priorism and scepticism; 3. Relational and descriptive theories; 4. On causality; 5. Hypothesis on the nature of thought; 6. Some consequences of this hypothesis; 7. Methods of testing this hypothesis. Discussion of possible criticisms. Summary; References; Postscript: a reply to critics.

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In his only complete work of any length, Kenneth Craik considers thought as a term for the conscious working of a highly complex machine.

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