SpringerBriefs in Philosophy

A Dialogue on Explanation

Authors: Mantzavinos, Chrysostomos

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  • Introduces a panorama of the philosophical theory of explanation
  • Defends the position of explanatory pluralism
  • Written as an engaging philosophical dialogue
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This book introduces a panorama of the philosophical theory of explanation. Written as a philosophical dialogue between two interlocutors, Philip and a student, it presents a defense of the position of explanatory pluralism. 

The fictional dialogue takes place on Cape Sounion, near Athens, where the two interlocutors are enjoying the view over the Aegean Sea. An initial exchange of arguments leads to a dialogue unfolding the development of the contemporary philosophical theory of explanation. The second part of the dialogue is devoted to an exchange of arguments on explanatory pluralism as a novel approach to the philosophical theory of explanation. The two also discuss historical cases as well as the ways of achieving explanatory progress in science. 

We are all philosophers and we develop our own philosophy by exchanging views and arguments. The dialogue form is and should remain the principal form of philosophizing, since ideas do not merely exist – they develop. This is certainly the case in real-world philosophical interaction, and as this book aptly demonstrates, it can also be the case in written philosophical exposition. 

About the authors

C. Mantzavinos is Professor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the University of Athens. He is the author of Wettbewerbstheorie (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1994), Individuals, Institutions, and Markets (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), Naturalistic Hermeneutics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), Explanatory Pluralism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) and the editor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals in four languages, notably “Learning, Institutions, and Economic Performance” in Perspectives on Politics, 2004 (with Douglass North and Syed Shariq) and “Explanatory Games”, in The Journal of Philosophy, 2013. He is the Philosophy Section Editor of the 2nd edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, which was published in 2015.

Before his current appointment in Athens, he held the Chair of Economics and Philosophy at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany (2004–2011). He has also taught at Freiburg, Bayreuth, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford (2000–2001). He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn (2001–2004) and served as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard (twice), at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris (twice) and at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton. He holds two PhDs, in Economics and in Philosophy, both from the University of Tübingen.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • On the Covering Law Model of Explanation

    Mantzavinos, C.

    Pages 1-10

  • On Explanation as Unification and Other Models of Explanation

    Mantzavinos, C.

    Pages 11-23

  • On Explanatory Games

    Mantzavinos, C.

    Pages 25-36

  • On Explanatory Progress

    Mantzavinos, C.

    Pages 37-47

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Dialogue on Explanation
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-05834-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-05834-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-05833-3
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 56
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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