Explanation and Understanding

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Cornell University Press, 2004 - Art - 230 pages
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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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Contents

Preface
1
Causal relations as condition ship relations Sufficient
2
The revival of positivism and its immersion in
5
Hegel and Aristotle The explicit causalism of marxism
7
Division of the province of teleology into the domains
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ation as that of causal explanation a matter of experience
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Criticisms of the positivist view of scientific laws Con
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positivism
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tions The latter do not depend for their validity on
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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
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Quasicausal explanations in history The shots at Sara
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rules which define various social practices and institutions
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Notes
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accounted for in the terms of temporal relationship alone
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Types of causal explanation The questions Why neces
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The experimentalist notion of causation The distinc
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References
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Name Index
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JSTOR: Essays on Explanation and Understanding.
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THE DIALECTIC BETWEEN EXPLANATION AND UNDERSTANDING
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EXPLANATION AND UNDERSTANDING IN THE HISTORY OF ART ... Using the schema suggested by von Wright in Explanation and Understanding (1 97 l), ...
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RG Communicative Understanding - Project 4: Explanatory Coherence
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Understanding of Actions: Some Problems
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Understanding and Explanation - The MIT Press
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About the author (2004)

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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