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Explanation in Action Theory and Historiography
Causal and Teleological Approaches

Edited By

Gunnar Schumann





ISBN 9781032177953
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
284 Pages

 
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Is the appropriate form of human action explanation causal or rather teleological? While this is a central question in analytic philosophy of action, it also has implications for questions about the differences between methods of explanation in the sciences on the one hand and in the humanities and the social sciences on the other. Additionally, this question bears on the problem of the appropriate form of explanations of past human actions, and therefore it is prominently discussed by analytic philosophers of historiography. This volume brings together causalists and anti-causalists to address enduring philosophical questions at the heart of this debate, as well as their implications for the practice of historiography. Part I considers the quarrel between causalism and anti-causalism in recent developments in the philosophy of action. Part II presents papers by causalists and anti-causalists that are more narrowly focused on the philosophy of historiography.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction



Gunnar Schumann





Part I: Causal vs. Teleological Explanation of Action





2. Causalism: On Action Explanation and Causal Deviance



Alfred Mele





3. Why and How? Teleological and Causal Concepts in Action Explanation



George F. Schueler





4. Rationalizing Principles and Causal Explanation



Guido Löhrer and Scott R. Sehon





5. On an Imaginary Dialogue Between a Causalist and an Anti-causalist



Giuseppina D’Oro





6. Reasons, Causes, Desires, and Dispositions



Severin Schroeder





7. Objectivism and Causalism about Reasons for Action



Hans-Johann Glock and Eva Schmidt





8. Are Reasons Like Shampoo?



Constanine Sandis





Part II: Causal vs. Teleological Explanation in Historiography





9. Counterfactual Causality and Historical Explanations



Doris Gerber





10. Beyond Causalism and Acausalism



Harold Kincaid





11. Two Methods in History



Thomas Keutner





12. An Anti-causal Theory of Action as Basis for Historical Explanations. A Sketch



Gunnar Schumann





13. Meanings and Mechanisms: An Actor-centered Approach to Historical Explanation



Daniel Little





14. The Origins of Historiographic Causation



Aviezer Tucker

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Biography

Gunnar Schumann is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany