Summary: This text, the first comprehensive text in philosophy of science in many years, is divided into two books. Book I deals with traditional problems in the philosophy of science: logic, explanation, and epistemology. Book II presents various schools and systems of thought from the philosophy of science. Prominently featured are: rationalism, empiricism, logical positivism and constructivism. The text offers both breadth and depth, but is written in a clear and accessible
style, making it appropriate for philosophy of science courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Summary: This text, the first comprehensive text in philosophy of science in many years, is divided into two books. Book I deals with traditional problems in the philosophy of science: logic, explanation, and epistemology. Book II presents various schools and systems of thought from the philosophy of science. Prominently featured are: rationalism, empiricism, logical positivism and constructivism. The text offers both breadth and depth, but is written in a clear and accessible style, making it appropriate for philosophy of science courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:97 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Wadsworth, Inc Published: 07/25/1996 International: No
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Preface. A Word to Instructors. A Word to Students. INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE?
0. A Tale of Two Theories: The Story of Light.
BOOK I. TRUTH, EXPLANATION AND REALITY: THE CLASSICAL TRADITION AND ITS PROBLEMS.
5. Empirical Discovery of Plausible Hypotheses. 6. Empirical Evaluation I: Indirect Tests and Auxiliary Hypotheses. 7. Empirical Evaluation II: Crucial Tests and AD HOC Revisions. 8. Theoretical Justification: Theories and Their Uses. 9. Conventionalism and the Duhem-Quine Thesis.
Part III. The Quest for Explanation.
10. Covering-Law Thesis of Explanation. 11. Universal Laws of Nature. 12. Probalistic Explanation and Probalistic Causality. 13. Teleological Explanation, Mind, and Reductionism. 14. Other Theories of Explanation: the Contextual, the Casual, and the Unificatory.
Part IV. The Pursuit of Reality.
15. The Classical View of Scientific Theories. 16. Realism Versus Instrumentalism. 17. Critiques of the Classical View. 18. Antirealism I: The Empiricist Challenge. Intermezzo: So, How Does Science Work?
BOOK II. RATIONALISM, EMPIRICISM, POSITIVISM AND CONSTRUCTIVISM: EVOLVING VIEWS AND PERSPECTIVES.
Part V. Rationalism and Empiricism.
19. Rationalism and Then Empiricism. 20. Problems of Empiricism IA: Hume's Problem. 21. Problems of Empiricism IB: Goodman's Paradox and Hempel's Paradox. 22. Problems of Empiricism II: Problem of Observation.
25.Introduction: Two Paradigm Theories. 26. Kuhn I: Normal Science and Revolutionary Science. 27. Kuhn II: Incommensurability and Relativism. Part VIII. Towards History, Sociology and Artificial Intelligence. 28. Lakatos: The Revisionist Popperian. 29. Laudan: The Eclectic Historicist. 30. History, Sociology, and Philosophy of Science. 31. Antirealism Ii: The Constructivist Rebellion. 32. Artificial Intelligience and the Philosophy of Science.
Epilogue. Bibliography. Index.
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