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Explanatory pluralism

Author: Chrysostomos Mantzavinos
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016. ©2016
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"Explaining phenomena is one of the main activities in which scientists engage. This book proposes a new philosophical theory of scientific explanation by developing and defending the position of explanatory pluralism with the help of the notion of 'explanatory games'. Mantzavinos provides a descriptive account of the explanatory activity of scientists in different domains and shows how they differ from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2016006869
(OCoLC)953518586
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chrysostomos Mantzavinos
ISBN: 9781316669082 1316669084
OCLC Number: 960738459
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 221 pages)
Contents: The wrong question: what is an explanation? --
A brief outlook on the social sciences --
Towards explanatory pluralism --
The explanatory enterprise --
The rules of the explanatory game --
The plurality of explanatory games --
Explanatory activity as problem-solving activity --
Explanatory rules as shared rules --
Normative appraisal: a procedural conception --
Explanatory methodology as technology.
Responsibility: C. Mantzavinos, University of Athens.

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The main activity that scientists engage in is the provision of explanations. This book defends the position of explanatory pluralism, namely the position that there are many points of view from  Read more...

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'C. Mantzavinos raises fundamental questions about what a philosophical theory of explanation should do, and he offers a highly original and illuminating approach to the tasks he singles out as Read more...

 
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