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  • ISBN: 9780300021363
  • ISBN10: 0300021364

Forms of Explanation Rethinking the Questions in Social Theory

by Alan Garfinkel

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/1981
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The key to understanding an explanation, Alan Garfinkel argues, is to discover what question is really being answered. By uncovering the questions, we can begin to see what makes something an explanation and how explanations reflect their context and purpose. In this book Garfinkel suggests criteria for a good explanation and goes on to examine some classic explanations in social and natural science, such as economic theories that employ the notion of the market and the attempts of the social Darwinists to explain social facts from biological premises.
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