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Modes of explanation : affordances for action and prediction

Author: Michael Lissack; Abraham Graber
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2014]
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Explanation is the name for both the process we use to answer questions raised by observed ambiguities and for the conclusion we offer others. This divergence hints at the many conflicting approaches used to create our contemporary understanding of explanation. Modes of Explanation is the first book in decades to attempt to bring these conflicting approaches together and to offer a compelling narrative to explore  Read more...
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Modes of explanation
(DLC) 2014026012
(OCoLC)884882318
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Lissack; Abraham Graber
ISBN: 9781137403865 1137403861 9781137406453 1137406453
OCLC Number: 898863810
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: PART I: CONTEXT --
1. Introduction; Michael Lissack, Abraham Graber --
2. A Place in History; Alicia Juarrero --
3. The Context of Our Query; Michael Lissack --
PART II: CASE STUDY --
4. Case Study: Creationism; Zack Kopplin --
PART III: EXAMINING THE CASE --
5. Scientific Realism on Historical Science and Creationism; Abraham Graber --
6. A Pragmatic Constructivist Take on the Case; Michael Lissack --
PART IV: DIALOGUE --
7. Robustness and Explanation; William Wimsatt --
8. A Mode of 'Epi-Thinking' Leads to the Exploration of Vagueness and Finality; Stanley Salthe --
9. Occam's Razor, the Complexity of Truth, and the Simplicity Puzzle; Kevin Kelly, Konstantin Genin --
10. Getting a Grip; Nancy Nersessian --
11. Modes of Explanation; Sandra Mitchell --
12. Narrative as a Mode of Explanation; Rukmini Nair --
13. Economic Explanations; Paul Thagard --
14. Narratives and Models in Complex Systems; Timothy Allen, Edmond Ramly, Samantha Paulsen, Gregori Kanatzidis, Nathan Miller --
15. Evaluating Explanations through their Conceptual Structures; Steven Wallis --
16. Investigating the Lay and Scientific Norms for Using "Explanation"; Jonathan Waskan, Ian Harmon, Andrew Higgins, Joseph Spino --
PART V: CONCLUSION --
17. Conclusion; Michael Lissack, Abraham Graber --
PART VI: AFTERWORD --
Afterword 1. The Scientific Attitude Toward Explanation; Lee McIntyre --
Afterword 2. Explanation Revisited; Jan Faye --
Afterword 3. Is The World Completely Intelligible?; Peter Achinstein --
Afterword 4. Explanation and Pluralism; Beckett Sterner --
Reprise; Michael Lissack.
Responsibility: edited by Michael Lissack and Abraham Graber.

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