Explanation and Understanding

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Cornell University Press, 2004 - 230 sivua
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"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 ... Lue koko arvostelu

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Two Traditions
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Causal relations as conditionship relations Sufficient
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The revival of positivism and its immersion in
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Hegel and Aristotle The explicit causalism of marxism
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The problem of asymmetry of the causal relation
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model The second not a model of explanation but a
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The rise of an analytic philosophy of action Anscombe
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The revival of a hermeneutic philosophy of
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Practical inference is concerned with the necessary
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a certain thing? The burden of verification shifted to
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The question of the compatibility of a causal and
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The question of compatibility reconsidered The
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Explanation in History
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Quasicausal explanations in history The shots at Sara
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ground of action The importance of technological changes
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Distinction between rules which regulate conduct
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possibility of retroactive causation reconsidered It is sug
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ditions can have no gaps chains of necessary conditions
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Action and causation Distinction between doing
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Intentionality and Teleological Explanation
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The relation between the inner and the outer aspect
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Cybernetic explanations of purposefulness The work
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ation as that of causal explanation a matter of experience
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References
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Name Index
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The late G. H. von Wright, who succeeded Wittgenstein in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and served as one of three executors of the Wittgenstein estate, was a visiting professor at Cornell University from 1965 to 1977 and finished his career at the University of Helsinki. His many books include The Varieties of Goodness, Norm and Action, The Logic of Preference, and Freedom and Determination.

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