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Abstract. We introduce two notions–the shadows and the shallows of explanation–in opening up
explanation to broader, interdisciplinary investigation. The “shadows of explanation” refer to past
philosophical efforts to provide either a conceptual analysis of explanation or in some other way
to pinpoint the essence of explanation. The “shallows of explanation” refer to the phenomenon of
having surprisingly limited everyday, individual cognitive abilities when it comes to explanation.
Explanations are ubiquitous, but they typically are not accompanied by the depth that we might,
prima facie, expect. We explain the existence of the shadows and shallows of explanation in terms
of there being a theoretical abyss between explanation and richer, theoretical structures that are often
attributed to people. We offer an account of the shallows, in particular, both in terms of shorn-down,
internal, mental machinery, and in terms of an enriched, public symbolic environment, relative to the
currently

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Not sure how useful this angle is (but I like it)

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Our findings suggest that, whenever people instinctively adopt an abstract
construal style, they might erroneously conclude that they understand concrete concepts more
deeply than they actually do.

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