Explanation and Understanding

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Cornell University Press, 2004 - 230 ページ
"Explanation and Understanding, perhaps von Wright's best-known book, showed the influence of Wittgenstein, but marked a clean break with the positivism of his youth. He suggested that human action could not be explained causally by scientific or 'natural' laws, but had to be understood 'intentionally'—a concept connected with wants and beliefs developed in a social and cultural context."—Daily Telegraph"This is a very good book packed with much original material; it also contains illuminating reinterpretations of some familiar theories and arguments. The range of topics treated includes causation, action, verification of gnomic statements, practical inference and its use in the explanation of action, and the structure of explanation in history."—Philosophical Review
 

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An excellent account of scientific explanation in natural science. Also contains thoughts on understanding in the human sciences, especially history, but I didn't find that part equally interesting ... レビュー全文を読む

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Preface
1
Causal relations as conditionship relations Sufficient
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The revival of positivism and its immersion in
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How does one establish that an agent sets himself to
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ventionalism The distinction between nomic necessities
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1o The revival of a hermeneutic philosophy of
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and necessary conditions The extensionalistquantificational
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Types of causal explanation The questions Why neces
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The relation between the inner and the outer aspect
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In the formulation of a practical inference account must
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tentionalist interpretation of behavior as action is contin
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Explanation in History
132
Quasicausal explanations in history The shots at Sara
139
rules which define various social practices and institutions
151
Notes
169
References
207

The experimentalist notion of causation The distinc
72
Intentionality and Teleological Explanation
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