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Explaining Scenes

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250395.003.0004
Explaining Scenes

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This chapter explains the ways in which a shift of scene may be brought about by changes in presuppositions and methodological commitments. It proposes the important role of local and tacit methods, practices, and techniques in determining of scenes of inquiry, and examines the problems of access imposed for historians. It first considers the existential, explanatory, and categorical presuppositions as determinants of scenes of inquiry. Then, it examines methodological commitments that affect different perceptions of relevance. The last section pays attention to the problems of access to local beliefs, commitments, and practices faced by the historians in explaining the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of scenes of inquiry.

Keywords: access problems; methodological commitments; existential presupposition; explanatory presupposition; categorical presupposition; determinants

Chapter.  6701 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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