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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Rethinking Explanation

Editors: Persson, Johannes, Ylikoski, Petri (Eds.)

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The nature of scientific explanation has been an important topic in philosophy of science for many years. This book highlights some of the conceptual problems that still need to be solved and points out a number of fresh philosophical ideas to explore. Anyone interested in causal and probabilistic explanation, explanation-seeking questions and contrastive explanations, inference to the best explanation, or explanations within the special sciences should find something of interest in this book.

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"‘Rethinking Explanation’ is Volume 152 of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science. … The writing style of all chapters, though ‘academic’, is clear, intelligible, comparatively jargon-free for philosophy-suave readers … . The present book … indicate that inasmuch as all scientific/technological and humanistic knowledge domains retain a rapid expansion into all phases of society there is a great demand for modern approaches ‘to explain’." (Karl H. Wolf, International Journal of General Systems, 2008)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • EXPLANATIONS ARE ABOUT CONCEPTS AND CONCEPT FORMATION

    Pages 3-11

    HANSSON, BENGT

  • WHAT TO ASK OF AN EXPLANATION-THEORY

    Pages 13-26

    HÅLLSTEN, HENRIK

  • THE IDEA OF CONTRASTIVE EXPLANANDUM

    Pages 27-42

    YLIKOSKI, PETRI

  • THE PRAGMATIC-RHETORICAL THEORY OF EXPLANATION

    Pages 43-68

    FAYE, JAN

  • CAUSAL EXPLANATION PROVIDES KNOWLEDGE WHY

    Pages 69-92

    GJELSVIK, OLAV

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking Explanation
Editors
  • Johannes Persson
  • Petri Ylikoski
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
252
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5581-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5581-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5580-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8708-7
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 207
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