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Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences
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Explanation and Understanding in the Human Sciences

Gurpreet Mahajan

Abstract

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 explanation is adequate for the social sciences? This book surveys each of the major forms of inquiry—hermeneutic understanding, narrative, reason-action, and causal explanation—to examine how each method changes our perceptions of social reality. It shows why we need to nurture plurality of theoretical frameworks, disciplinary orientations along with plural modes of inquiry, and recognize that our ... More

Keywords: social scientists, reason, cause, social science, hermeneutic understanding, narrative, reason-action, causal explanation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198076971
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076971.001.0001

Authors

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Gurpreet Mahajan, author

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