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Narratives, mechanisms and progress in historical science

Currie, Adrian


Geologists, Paleontologists and other historical scientists are frequently concerned with narrative explanations targeting single cases. I show that two distinct explanatory strategies are employed in narratives, simple and complex. A simple narrative has minimal causal detail and is embedded in a regularity, whereas a complex narrative is more detailed and not embedded. The distinction is illustrated through two case studies: the 'snowball earth' explanation of Neoproterozoic glaciation and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Synthese
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-013-0317-x


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