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Title: Contingency in the Historical Process. An Attempt at Explication in the Light of Idealizational Theory of Science
Authors: Brzechczyn, Krzysztof
Keywords: idealization
chaos theory
contingency in history
cascade process
Issue Date: Apr-2005
Publisher: Allahabad Association for Historical and Cultural Studies
Citation: Journal of the Interdisciplinary Crossroads, 2005, vol. 2 (no.1), pp.147-165
Abstract: The paper presents an extension of L. Nowak's idelization theory of science in order to explicate intuitions about unpredictability and contingency of history shared by professional historians and methodologists of history. In the first part of the paper, a critical analysis of some explications (G. Reisch, M. Shermer) of such intuitions, based on the conceptual apparatus of the chaos theory is presented. In the second part of the paper, an original model od cascade process is elaborated that conceptualizes the contingency of historical events. This model is subsequently compared with M. Shermer's model of historical sequences. In third part of this paper, the model of cascade process is applied in the construction of a scientific theory, historical narrative and in historical research.
ISSN: 0972-9801
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