Now in paper,Explaining Explanationprovides a non-technical discussion of some of the main historical attempts to explain the concept of explanation in the works of Plato, Aristotle, John Stuart Mill, and Carl Hempel. David-Hillel Ruben builds on and develops the insights of these key historical figures and concludes with an original and challenging view of explanation. Ruben relates the concept of explanation to both epistemological and metaphysical issues. Not merely content to confine the concept to the realm of the philosophy of science, Ruben examines this concept within a more broadly conceived theory of knowledge.
"Ruben utilizes concepts gleaned from the theories of explanation offered by Plato, Aristotle, John Stuart Mill, and Carl Hempel to elaborate his own realist theory . . . . The volume succeeds admirably in being accessible to undergraduates and helpful to specialists in the field."
From the reviews of the cloth edition: -"Choice
""Explaining Explanation is what many books claim to be, but few actually are a book that is both accessible to the advanced undergraduate' and of interest to professional philosophers. It presents a good overview of a wide spectrum of work on explanation with admirable clarity and concision . . . Ruben has interesting and insightful things to say about every topic he discusses."
|Preface and Acknowledgements|
|Getting our Bearings Plato on Explanation|
|Aristotle on Explanation Mill and Hempel on Explanation|
|The Ontology of Explanation Arguments, Laws and Explanation|
|A Realist Theory of Explanation|
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Series: Problems of Philosophy
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 12th November 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1