Although describing and explaining are distinguishable, they are also in an important sense inseparable. The descripitive and explanatory resources of language advance hand-in-hand.

Counterfactuals, Dispositions, and the Causal Modalities §108

  • These two kinds of discursive activity; one can be describing in a particular act and not explaining (and vice-versa).
  • Globally, they’re only intelligible in terms of their relation to each other.
  • The claim that matters: you couldn’t have an language in use that had one and not the other.
  • The reason is at least that in order to describe something you have to place it in a space of implications (i.e. the above quote)