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Plausible worlds : possibility and understanding in history and the social sciences

Author: Geoffrey Hawthorn
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Possibilities haunt history. The force of our explanations of events turns on the alternative possibilities these explanations suggest. It is these possible worlds which give us our understanding; and in human affairs we decide them by practical rather than theoretical judgment. In this widely acclaimed account of the role of counterfactuals in explanation, Geoffrey Hawthorn deploys extended examples to defend his  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Hawthorn
ISBN: 0521403596 9780521403597 0521457769 9780521457767
OCLC Number: 29735898
Description: xiii, 192 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Counterfactuals, explanation and understanding --
Plague and fertility in early modern Europe --
The United States in South Korea --
Duccio's painting --
Explanation, understanding and theory.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Hawthorn.

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Examples through history used to examine the role of possible worlds in explanation and practical judgements.  Read more...

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