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Advancement of Science : Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions

Advancement of Science : Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195046281

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ISBN13: 978-0195046281
ISBN10: 0195046285
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Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1993
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Advancement of Science : Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions - 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195046281

Philip Kitcher

ISBN13: 978-0195046281
ISBN10: 0195046285
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 93
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1993
International: No
Summary

During the last three decades, reflections on the growth of scientific knowledge have inspired historians, sociologists, and some philosophers to contend that scientific objectivity is a myth. In this book, Kitcher attempts to resurrect the notions of objectivity and progress in science by identifying both the limitations of idealized treatments of growth of knowledge and the overreactions to philosophical idealizations. Recognizing that science is done not by logically omniscient subjects working in isolation, but by people with a variety of personal and social interests, who cooperate and compete with one another, he argues that, nonetheless, we may conceive the growth of science as a process in which both our vision of nature and our ways of learning more about nature improve. Offering a detailed picture of the advancement of science, he sets a new agenda for the philosophy of science and for other "science studies" disciplines.

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Kitcher, Philip : Columbia University in the City of New York

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