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The Philosophical Structure of Historical Explanation
by Paul A. Roth
Northwestern University Press, 2020
Paper: 978-0-8101-4087-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-4089-9 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-4088-2
Library of Congress Classification D16.8.R849 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 901

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In The Philosophical Structure of Historical Explanation, Paul A. Roth resolves disputes persisting since the nineteenth century about the scientific status of history. He does this by showing why historical explanations must take the form of a narrative, making their logic explicit, and revealing how the rational evaluation of narrative explanation becomes possible. Roth situates narrative explanations within a naturalistic framework and develops a nonrealist (irrealist) metaphysics and epistemology of history—arguing that there exists no one fixed past, but many pasts. The book includes a novel reading of Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, showing how it offers a narrative explanation of theory change in science. This book will be of interest to researchers in historiography, philosophy of history, philosophy of science, philosophy of social science, and epistemology.



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