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dc.contributor.authorHall, Brayton Brunoen
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-22T08:00:26Zen
dc.date.available2017-06-22T08:00:26Zen
dc.date.issued2017-06-21en
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:11653en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/78239en
dc.description.abstractThe problem of historical explanation consists in how historical facts are put together. No mere collection of facts constitutes an explanation: there must be some underlying explanation for why those facts occurred in the way they did. Many competing theories of historical explanation have thus been offered, from the highly technical D-N or covering law model, to narrative-based explanations. This paper exposes the flaws in the covering law model proposed by Carl Hempel, and offers a justification for narrative-based explanations by appealing to the notion of language games as used by Ludwig Wittgenstein, as well as the narrative and paradigm models of Arthur Danto and Thomas Kuhn for explaining historical events.en
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectPhilosophyen
dc.subjectHistoryen
dc.subjectExplanationen
dc.subjectLanguageen
dc.subjectNarrativeen
dc.subjectCovering Lawen
dc.subjectWittgensteinen
dc.subjectDantoen
dc.subjectHempelen
dc.subjectKuhnen
dc.titleA Language-Game Justification for Narrative in Historical Explanationen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen
dc.contributor.committeechairKlagge, James C.en
dc.contributor.committeememberPatton, Lydia K.en
dc.contributor.committeememberTrogdon, Kelly Griffithen


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