Explanation, Prediction, and Confirmation

ISBN: 978-94-007-1179-2 (Print) 978-94-007-1180-8 (Online)

Table of contents (37 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii

  2. Formal Methods

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      The No Miracles Intuition and the No Miracles Argument

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      Pages 23-35

      The Scope and Limits of the No Miracles Argument1

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      Pages 37-51

      Causation, Association and Confirmation

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      Pages 53-81

      An Objective Bayesian Account of Confirmation

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      Pages 83-91

      An Explication of the Use of Inference to the Best Explanation

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      Pages 93-108

      A Formal Logic for the Abduction of Singular Hypotheses1

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      Pages 109-121

      Probabilities in Branching Structures

  3. Philosophy of the Natural and Life Sciences

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      Pages 123-123

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      Pages 125-135

      Causality and Explanation: Issues from Epidemiology

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      Pages 137-140

      Invariance, Mechanisms and Epidemiology

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      Pages 141-152

      What’s Wrong with the Pragmatic-Ontic Account of Mechanistic Explanation?

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      Pages 153-166

      Causality and Evidence Discovery in Epidemiology

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      Pages 167-182

      Inferences to Causal Relevance from Experiments

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      Pages 183-202

      Comparing Part-Whole Reductive Explanations in Biology and Physics1

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      Pages 203-222

      The Arrival of the Fittest

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      Pages 223-237

      The Arrival of the Fittest What?

  4. Philosophy of the Cultural and Social Sciences

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      Pages 239-239

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      Pages 241-251

      Normativity is the Key to the Difference Between the Human and the Natural Sciences

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      Pages 253-267

      Methodological Higher-Level Interdisciplinarity by Scheme-Interpretationism: Against Methodological Separatism of the Natural, Social, and Human Sciences

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      Pages 269-279

      Explanation and Interpretation in the Sciences of Man

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      Pages 281-291

      Imagination and Explanation in History

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      Pages 293-303

      Historical Narratives, Evidence, and Explanations

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