It seems like many of the papers I've read and the goal of many fields in Philosophy is to come up with an "account" for something.
For example, one of the goals of Epistemology is to come up with an account for knowledge. (For example, some accounts are coherentism, foundationalism, etc.)
The paper I'm currently reading (What Good Is an Explanation? by Peter Lipton) seems to be testing different accounts of explanations.
What is an "account" of something? What sorts of properties do "accounts" have? How can I tell whether something is an account of something else or not?
(Of course, as with most philosophical questions, I'm not expecting one fundamental answer; I'm actually expecting multiple different accounts for what an "account" is.)