Explanatory Pluralism

2016.11.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews C. Mantzavinos, Explanatory Pluralism, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 221pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107128514. Reviewed
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2016.11.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews C. Mantzavinos, Explanatory Pluralism, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 221pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107128514. Reviewed by Sharyn Clough, Oregon State University C. Mantzavinos, an accomplished scholar in the philosophy of social sciences, especially economics, delivers a precise formulation of explanatory activity -- no easy task given that explanatory activity is itself, he argues, imprecise, organic, social, and ongoing. In ten robust chapters sandwiched between a short introduction and epilogue, he argues in support of a change of topic, away from what he takes to be the wrong question (viz., "what is an explanation?") and toward a pluralistic account that views explanation as an action rather than as an outcome. A brief stylistic note: the footnotes are visually disruptive and rhetorically confusing. Set in tiny subscript, the footnotes are in fact used to articulate substantive portions of the. . .

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