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Forms of Explanation

Rethinking the Questions in Social Theory

Alan Garfinkel


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What makes one explanation better than another?  How can we tell when an explanation has really answered our question?  In a lively and readable discussion, Garfinkel argues that the key to understanding an explanation is to discover what question is really being answered.  He then suggests criteria for a good explanation and goes on to examine some classic explanations in social and natural science. 

Yale University Press, 9780300049022, 197pp.

Publication Date: July 25, 1990