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Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

Gurpreet Mahajan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198076971
eISBN:
9780199080403
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076971.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

Social scientists explain events by identifying reasons and causes. Occasionally they weave a series of events into a historical narrative. What is entailed in each kind of explanation? What form of ... More


Reason-Action Explanation

Gurpreet Mahajan

in Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198076971
eISBN:
9780199080403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076971.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

This chapter discusses the reason-action explanation. Advocates of this explanation assert that historical occurrences are not just events or happenings. They are performances, the doings of ... More


Some Considerations on Method

Gurpreet Mahajan

in Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198076971
eISBN:
9780199080403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076971.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Indian Politics

This chapter presents two conclusions that follow from the preceding discussions of the nature and structure of causal explanations, reason-action explanations, hermeneutic understanding, and the ... More


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