Book Volume 367 2014

Explanation in the Special Sciences

The Case of Biology and History

ISBN: 978-94-007-7562-6 (Print) 978-94-007-7563-3 (Online)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x

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    Pages 1-23

    Introduction: Points of Contact Between Biology and History

  3. General Issues on Explanation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25

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      Chapter

      Pages 27-52

      The Ontic Account of Scientific Explanation

  4. Explanation in the Biological Sciences

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 53-53

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      Pages 55-85

      Causal Graphs and Biological Mechanisms

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      Chapter

      Pages 87-98

      Semiotic Explanation in the Biological Sciences

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      Chapter

      Pages 99-130

      Mechanisms, Patho-Mechanisms, and the Explanation of Disease in Scientifically Based Clinical Medicine

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      Pages 131-153

      The Generalizations of Biology: Historical and Contingent?

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      Chapter

      Pages 155-170

      Evolutionary Explanations and the Role of Mechanisms

  5. Explanation in the Historical Sciences

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 171-171

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      Chapter

      Pages 173-196

      Explaining Roman History: A Case Study

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      Chapter

      Pages 197-210

      Causal Explanation and Historical Meaning: How to Solve the Problem of the Specific Historical Relation Between Events

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      Chapter

      Pages 211-243

      Do Historians Study the Mechanisms of History? A Sketch

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      Chapter

      Pages 245-253

      Philosophy of History: Metaphysics and Epistemology

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      Chapter

      Pages 255-269

      Causal Explanations of Historical Trends

  6. Bridging the Two Disciplines

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 271-271

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      Chapter

      Pages 273-291

      Aspects of Human Historiographic Explanation: A View from the Philosophy of Science

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      Chapter

      Pages 293-323

      History and the Sciences

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      Chapter

      Pages 325-346

      Explanation and Intervention in Coupled Human and Natural Systems

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      Chapter

      Pages 347-366

      Biology and Natural History: What Makes the Difference?