The Logic of Historical Explanation

The Logic of Historical Explanation

by Clayton Roberts
     
 

In this book the author provides a key to understanding the role of covering laws in historical explanation. He does so by distinguishing between their use at the macro - and micro- levels, a distinction that no other scholar has made. He then sets forth the logic of an explanatory narrative, explores the nature of rational explanation, and distinguishes the logic of…  See more details below

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In this book the author provides a key to understanding the role of covering laws in historical explanation. He does so by distinguishing between their use at the macro - and micro- levels, a distinction that no other scholar has made. He then sets forth the logic of an explanatory narrative, explores the nature of rational explanation, and distinguishes the logic of historical interpretation from the logic of historical explanation.

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From the Publisher
“In an era when some historians tell us that the truth about history is that history does not tell the truth, it is refreshing to find a book such as this, which boldly asserts that history not only tells the truth but explains past events causally.”

American Historical Review

“This is a splendid book, worthy of a very close reading by anyone interested in the issues and arguments that dominated the discussion of history by Anglo-American philosophers, especially in the sixties and seventies.”

—William H. Dray, International Studies in Philosophy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271014425
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Clayton Roberts is Professor Emeritus of History at the Ohio State University. His previous books include The Growth of Responsible Government in Stuart England (2008).

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