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‘If p? Then What?’ Thinking Within, With, and From Cases

Morgan, Mary S. (2019) ‘If p? Then What?’ Thinking Within, With, and From Cases. . London School of Economics and Political Science, Economic History Department, London.

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The provocative paper by John Forrester: ‘If p, Then What? Thinking in Cases’ (1996) opened up the question of case thinking as a separate mode of reasoning in the sciences. Case-based reasoning is certainly endemic across a number of sciences, but it has looked different according to where it has been found. This paper investigates this mode of science - namely thinking in cases - by questioning the different interpretations of ‘If p?’ and exploring the different interpretative responses of what follows in ‘Then What?’. The aim is to characterise how ‘reasoning in, within, with, and from cases’ forms a mode of scientific investigation for single cases, for runs of cases, and for comparative cases, drawing on materials from a range of different fields in which case-based reasoning appears.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2019 11:45
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 00:37

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