Possibility and Understanding in History and the Social Sciences
By (author) Geoffrey Hawthorn
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Plausible Worlds by Geoffrey Hawthorn
Book DescriptionPossibilities haunt history. The force of our explanations of events turns on the alternative possibilities these explanations suggest. It is these possible worlds which give us our understanding; and in human affairs we decide them by practical rather than theoretical judgement. In his widely acclaimed account of the role of counterfactuals in explanation, Geoffrey Hawthorn deploys extended examples from history and modern times to defend his argument. His conclusions cast doubt on existing assumptions about the nature and place of theory, and indeed of the possibility of knowledge itself, in the human sciences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521457767
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Nov-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Geoffrey Hawthorn
Thucydides on Politics, Paperback (March 2014)
This book presents an introduction to and original reading of Thucydides' understanding of practical politics.
In the Beginning Was the Deed, Paperback (November 2007)
A collection of essays, addressing the core subjects of political philosophy such as justice, liberty, and equality; the nature and meaning of liberalism; toleration; power and the fear of power; democracy; and the nature of political philosophy itself.
Principles of Representative Government, Paperback (February 1997)» View all books by Geoffrey Hawthorn
A survey of democratic institutions and republics reveals the aristocratic origins of democracy.
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