Chapter 28. The Philosophy of Geology

  1. Aviezer Tucker
  1. Rob Inkpen

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304916.ch28

A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

How to Cite

Inkpen, R. (2008) The Philosophy of Geology, in A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography (ed A. Tucker), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304916.ch28

Editor Information

  1. Prague, Czech Republic

Author Information

  1. University of Portsmouth, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 24 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149082

Online ISBN: 9781444304916

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Keywords:

  • philosophy of geology;
  • identifying unique events;
  • “Little Ice Age” - a climatic event;
  • dendrochronology - science of dating events according to tree rings;
  • model theoretic view (MTV);
  • unique events and explanation in scientific historiography;
  • classic Popperian method of deductive reasoning;
  • ‘unique events and entities’ - main focus of study in the earth sciences

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Identifying Unique Events

  • Representing Events

  • Unique Events and Explanation in Scientific Historiography

  • Illustration of Evidence and Events

  • Conclusion

  • References