Philosophy of Science The Central Issues

ISBN-10: 0393971759
ISBN-13: 9780393971750
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $55.75
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1408
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
General Introduction
Science: Conjectures and Refutations
Logic of Discovery or Psychology of Research?
Science and Pseudoscience
Why Astrology Is a Pseudoscience
Creation-Science Is Not Science
Commentary: Science at the Bar - Causes for Concern
Response to the Commentary: Pro Judice
The Nature and Necessity of Scientific Revolutions
Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice
Rationality and Paradigm Change in Science
Dissecting the Holist Picture of Scientific Change
Values and Objectivity
Gender and the Biological Sciences
Physical Theory and Experiment
Two Dogmas of Empiricism
The Duhem Thesis and the Quine Thesis
Demystifying Underdetermination
Induction
The Problem of Induction
Rational Prediction
Criteria of Confirmation and Acceptability
Is Evidence Historical?
Explanation v. Prediction: Which Carries More Weight?
Rationality and Objectivity in Science or Tom Kuhn Meets Tom Bayes
Why I Am Not a Bayesian
Wittgensteinian Bayesianism
The Value of Laws: Explanation and Prediction
Two Basic Types of Scientific Explanation
The Thesis of Structural Identity
Inductive-Statistical Explanation
Arguments, Laws, and Explanation
A Deductive-Nomological Model of Probabilistic Explanation
What Is a Law of Nature?
Laws of Nature
Necessities and Universals in Natural Laws
Do the Laws of Physics State the Facts?
Issues in the Logic of Reductive Explanations
How to Be a Good Empiricist - A Plea for Tolerance in Matters Epistemological
Two Concepts of Intertheoretic Reduction
1953 and All That: A Tale of Two Sciences
The Ontological Status of Theoretical Entities
Arguments Concerning Scientific Realism
Realism versus Constructive Empiricism
A Confutation of Convergent Realism
Explaining the Success of Science
Experimentation and Scientific Realism
Hacking's Experimental Realism
The Natural Ontological Attitude
NOA's Ark - Fine for Realism
Glossary
Bibliography
Permissions Acknowledgments
Name Index
Subject Index

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