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A genealogy of scientific explanation : the emergence of the deductive-Nomological model at the intersection of German historical and scientific philosophy

Fons Dewulf (UGent)
(2018)
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This history of the modern concept of scientific explanation aims to have two effects. On the one hand, it aims to argue that the continued use of scientific explanation as a meta-concept should be constantly held accountable to the epistemological or metaphysical commitments that necessarily come with it. One cannot legitimate the use of scientific explanation by referring to the supposed, simple fact that science explains the world. On the other hand, it aims to proliferate the consciousness that the concepts with which philosophers reason about science always have a historical, contingent point of emergence. Consequently, philosophers who aim to be responsible for their own forms of thinking and the concepts that operate in it, should also profess a critical, historicizing attitude towards these forms of thinking.
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Hempel, Explanation, historical Explanation, Genealogy, scientific Explanation, logical empiricism

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Dewulf, Fons. 2018. “A Genealogy of Scientific Explanation : the Emergence of the deductive-Nomological Model at the Intersection of German Historical and Scientific Philosophy.”
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Dewulf, F. (2018). A genealogy of scientific explanation : the emergence of the deductive-Nomological model at the intersection of German historical and scientific philosophy.
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Dewulf F. A genealogy of scientific explanation : the emergence of the deductive-Nomological model at the intersection of German historical and scientific philosophy. 2018.
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Dewulf, Fons. “A Genealogy of Scientific Explanation : the Emergence of the deductive-Nomological Model at the Intersection of German Historical and Scientific Philosophy.” 2018 : n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {This history of the modern concept of scientific explanation aims to have two effects. On the one hand, it aims to argue that the continued use of scientific explanation as a meta-concept should be constantly held accountable to the epistemological or metaphysical commitments that necessarily come with it. One cannot legitimate the use of scientific explanation by referring to the supposed, simple fact that science explains the world. On the other hand, it aims to proliferate the consciousness that the concepts with which philosophers reason about science always have a historical, contingent point of emergence. Consequently, philosophers who aim to be responsible for their own forms of thinking and the concepts that operate in it, should also profess a critical, historicizing attitude towards these forms of thinking.},
  author       = {Dewulf, Fons},
  keyword      = {Hempel,Explanation,historical Explanation,Genealogy,scientific Explanation,logical empiricism},
  language     = {eng},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {A genealogy of scientific explanation : the emergence of the deductive-Nomological model at the intersection of German historical and scientific philosophy},
  year         = {2018},
}