Explanation and Understanding


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This volume distinguishes between two main traditions in the philosophy of science - the aristotelian, with its stress on explanation in terms of purpose and intentionality, and the galilean, which takes causal explanation as primary. It then traces the complex history of these competing traditions as they are manifested in such movements as positivism, idealism, Marxism and contemporary linguistic analysis. Hempels's theory of scientific explanation, the claims of cybernetics the rise of an analytic philosophy of action ...

Explanation and Understanding 2008, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9780415470216


Explanation and Understanding 2004, Cornell University Press, Ithaca

ISBN-13: 9780801489365

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Explanation and Understanding 1971, Cornell University Press

ISBN-13: 9780801406447