Article ID: CBB675350727

Historical Explanation and Causality (2019)

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Historical explanation is an ambiguous concept. Historical narratives usually aim for a mixture of causal and interpretative understanding. In this essay the author uses an article, written with Azadeh Achbari, that seeks to answer the question of how a Dutch meteorological rule of thumb was eventually turned into a law of nature. Part of the answer is found in the sudden British need for a scientific basis for the controversial practice of storm warnings. Clearly, this causal explanation hinges on the contemporary meaning of the concept “law of nature.” Finally, the author discusses and rejects the recent tendency among historians to dismiss all causal analysis as fruitless.

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Authors & Contributors
Granada, Miguel A.
Zuidervaart, Huibert Jan
Ducheyne, Steffen
Rius, Rosa
Aquilecchia, Giovanni
Seidengart, Jean
Journals
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
British Journal for the History of Science
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
History of Meteorology
Physics in Perspective
Publishers
Universitat de Barcelona
Springer
Concepts
Causality
Meteorology
Historical method
Philosophy
Historiography
Cosmology
People
Bruno, Giordano
Shakespeare, William
Bodin, Jean
Maimonides
Kepler, Johannes
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
19th century
Renaissance
Ancient
16th century
Places
Netherlands
England
Byzantium
North Sea
Greece
China
Institutions
Royal Society of London
Great Britain. Meteorological Office
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