Review of Metaphysics 12 (2):277 - 284 (1958)

Dray restricts himself in Laws and Explanations in History to a cautious examination of the popular "covering law theory" of historical explanation and of the sense of "causal explanation" as applied to history. He deftly dialogues in their own terms with those who would make the end of history the subsuming of particular incidents under general laws, carefully marshalling evidence to show that what such theorists treat as "exceptions" actually go to prove that the interest and validity of history lie much closer to the particular event than to the general explanation.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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