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Competing Explanations. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1911899
  • March 2009
  • 284 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House
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In this book, Mark Day undertakes a philosophical
examination of the nature of explanatory competition
between historical accounts. It is usual for a
philosophy of explanation to attempt an analysis of
explanation, singular. The focus of this work is on
relations between two or more explanations. The
methodology of Day's work is built upon a conception
of descriptive philosophy: such that when attempting
to philosophise about a practice such as history, we
should pay detailed attention to existing good
practice. To this end, Day's conclusions are
developed in conjunction with an examination of eight
differing explanations of the French Revolution. Day
argues for, and analyses, two major types of relation
between historical accounts: relations of exclusion,
and of competition. In examining the nature of
explanatory competition, Day develops a realist
account of the nature of historical importance.

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Mark, Day.
Mark Day is the author of 'The Philosophy of History', a
comprehensive introduction to the subject, published in 2008 by
Continuum Press. He has lectured at the philosophy departments
of Leeds, Nottingham, and Sheffield.

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