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Science and Relativism Some Key Controversies in the Philosophy of Science

ISBN-10: 0226469492
ISBN-13: 9780226469492
Edition: 1990
Authors: Larry Laudan
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Description: In recent years, many members of the intellectual community have embraced a radical relativism regarding knowledge in general and scientific knowledge in particular, holding that Kuhn, Quine, and Feyerabend have knocked the traditional picture of  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 194
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

In recent years, many members of the intellectual community have embraced a radical relativism regarding knowledge in general and scientific knowledge in particular, holding that Kuhn, Quine, and Feyerabend have knocked the traditional picture of scientific knowledge into a cocked hat. Is philosophy of science, or mistaken impressions of it, responsible for the rise of relativism? In this book, Laudan offers a trenchant, wide-ranging critique of cognitive relativism and a thorough introduction to major issues in the philosophy of knowledge.

Preface
Note to the Reader
Progress and Cumulativity
Theory-ladenness and Underdetermination
Holism
Standards of Success
Incommensurability
Interests and the Social Determinants of Belief
References
Index

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