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Scientific Knowledge & the Deep Past: History Matters

Currie, Adrian (2019) Scientific Knowledge & the Deep Past: History Matters. [Preprint]

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I examine the relationship between the deep past and knowledge, considering evidence and the past, the nature of history, and the importance of narrative explanation. I argue that an object of knowledge’s being in the past (as opposed to the present or future) doesn’t make a systematic difference to its epistemic properties but that, properly understood, history matters for knowledge. Historical processes are ‘peculiar’, they often generate complexity and idiosyncratic context-sensitive dynamics. History matters for knowledge because such distinctively historical processes are best captured by narrative explanation.


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Currie, Adrian
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Archaeology
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Earth Sciences
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Historical Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Adrian Currie
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 15:22
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 15:22
Item ID: 16081
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Archaeology
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Earth Sciences
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Historical Sciences
Date: 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16081

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