Synthese Library

Explanation in the Special Sciences

The Case of Biology and History

Editors: Kaiser, M.I., Scholz, O.R., Plenge, D., Hüttemann, A. (Eds.)

  • Provides comprehensive overview on biological and historical explanation methods
  • Offers new insights to the debate on the mechanisms in the sciences
  • Includes special section on the bridging of history and biology, in particular of historical and biological explanation
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About this book

Biology and history are often viewed as closely related disciplines, with biology informed by history, especially in its task of charting our evolutionary past. Maximizing the opportunities for cross-fertilization in these two fields requires an accurate reckoning of their commonalities and differences—precisely what this volume sets out to achieve. Specially commissioned essays by a team of recognized international researchers cover the full panoply of topics in these fields and include notable contributions on the correlativity of evolutionary and historical explanations, applying to history the latest causal-mechanical approach in the philosophy of biology, and the question of generalized laws that might pertain across the two subjects.  

The collection opens with a vital interrogation of general issues on explanation that apart from potentially fruitful areas of interaction (could the etiology of the causal-mechanical perspective in biology account for the historical trajectory of the Roman Empire?) this volume also seeks to chart relative certainties distinguishing explanations in biology and history. It also assesses techniques such as the use of probabilities in biological reconstruction, deployed to overcome the inevitable gaps in physical evidence on early evolution. Methodologies such as causal graphs and semantic explanation receive in-depth analysis. Contributions from a host of prominent and widely read philosophers ensure that this new volume has the stature of a major addition to the literature. ​

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: Points of Contact Between Biology and History

    Kaiser, Marie I. (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • The Ontic Account of Scientific Explanation

    Craver, Carl F.

    Pages 27-52

  • Causal Graphs and Biological Mechanisms

    Gebharter, Alexander (et al.)

    Pages 55-85

  • Semiotic Explanation in the Biological Sciences

    Krohs, Ulrich

    Pages 87-98

  • Mechanisms, Patho-Mechanisms, and the Explanation of Disease in Scientifically Based Clinical Medicine

    Müller-Strahl, G.

    Pages 99-130

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eBook $149.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7563-3
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7562-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $189.00
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  • Due: November 4, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0657-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Explanation in the Special Sciences
Book Subtitle
The Case of Biology and History
Editors
  • Marie I. Kaiser
  • Oliver R. Scholz
  • Daniel Plenge
  • Andreas Hüttemann
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
367
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7563-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7563-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7562-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0657-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 366
Number of Illustrations and Tables
25 b/w illustrations
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