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An Introduction to Historical Explanation

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An introduction to the literature on historical explanation, for a seminar that I organized over the 18-19 academic year at UCLouvain.
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  An Introduction toHistorical Explanation CEFISES Seminar EH, .. Charles H. Pence @pencechp  Outline 1.  Historical vs. Experimental Sciences 2.  Narrative and Historical Explanations 3.  History and Traces 4.   e Role of Analogy  5.  Historical Contingency   e take-home: Historical sciences like paleobiology,archaeology, and astronomy present unique challenges totraditional categories of explanation, argument, andevidence in philosophy of science. Charles H. Pence 2 / 36  Historical andExperimentalSciences Charles H. Pence Historical and Experimental Science 3 / 36  Stamp-Collecting Charles H. Pence Historical and Experimental Science 4 / 36  A Demarcation of Sorts Historical sciences: paleobiology, archaeology, geology,planetary science, astronomy, astrophysicsExperimental sciences: everything else, butparadigmatically experimental physics, molecular biology  Charles H. Pence Historical and Experimental Science 5 / 36
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