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Hempel article summary - Hempel's Covering Law Model Carl...

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Hempel’s Covering Law Model Carl Hempel gives an accurate description of his `covering law model’ in the article titled Explanation in Science and History. This model basically encompasses the two types of explanations of worldly phenomena that Hempel believes we use. The first type is termed the Deductive-nomological explanation. This type of explanation “amounts to a deductive subsumption of the explanandum under principles which have the character of general laws. ..” which means that given certain circumstances (symbolized C1 to Cn) and under certain universal laws (symbolized L1 to Ln), a given event will occur. This type of explanation follows purely deductive reasoning: if under circumstance C, then law L predicts that event X will occur. The second type of explanation does not necessarily follow deductive reasoning. It is termed the Probabilistic explanation and it is of an inductive nature. This explanation is nomological as well in that it accounts for an event by referring to certain laws. It differs in that some or all of
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PHIL 221 taught by Professor Rosenberger during the Fall '08 term at McGill.

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