Chapter 4. Philosophical Issues in Natural History and Its Historiography

  1. Aviezer Tucker
  1. Carol E. Cleland

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304916.ch4

A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

How to Cite

Cleland, C. E. (2008) Philosophical Issues in Natural History and Its Historiography, in A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography (ed A. Tucker), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304916.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Prague, Czech Republic

Author Information

  1. University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

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:

  • philosophical issues in natural history and its historiography;
  • mysterious K–T (Cretaceous-Tertiary) boundary;
  • scientific method of yore;
  • structure and research practices of scientific historiography of nature;
  • explanation and confirmation in scientific historiography;
  • principle of common cause;
  • narrative explanation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Scientific Method of Yore

  • The Structure and Research Practices of Scientific Historiography of Nature

  • Explanation and Confirmation in Scientific Historiography

  • Narrative Explanation

  • Common Cause Explanation

  • References