Understanding Philosophy of Science

ISBN-10: 0415221579
ISBN-13: 9780415221573
Edition: 2001
Authors: James Ladyman
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Without scientific theory, the technology developments of recent years would not have been possible. In this exceptionally clear and engaging introduction to philosophy of science, James Ladyman explores the scope of natural science and its implications for human life. With the focus firmly upon realism, he discusses how fundamental philosophical questions can be answered by science and how scientific theory can confirm and inform our basic and intrinsic knowledge.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Philosophy of science as epistemology and metaphysics
The Scientific Method
Induction and Inductivism
The sceptic's challenge
The scientific revolution
The 'new tool' of induction
(Naive) inductivism
Further reading
The Problem of Induction and Other Problems with Inductivism
The problem of induction
Solutions and dissolutions of the problem of induction
Inductivism and the history of science
Theory and observation
Conclusions
Further reading
Falsificationism
Popper and the critique of Marxism and psychoanalysis
Popper's solution to the problem of induction
The context of discovery and the context of justification
The Duhem problem
Problems with falsificationism
Conclusions
Further reading
Revolutions and Rationality
The received view of science
Kuhn's revolutionary history of science
Paradigms and normal science
The Copernican revolution
Theory and observation
Incommensurability
Relativism and the role of reason in science
Further reading
Realism and Antirealism About Science
Scientific Realism
Appearance and reality
The metaphysics of the external world
Semantics
Standard scientific realism
Antirealism
Further reading
Underdetermination
Underdetermination
Constructive empiricism
Further reading
Explanation and Inference
Explanation
Inference to the best explanation
Common sense, realism and constructive empiricism
Further reading
Realism About What?
Theory change
Multiple models
Idealisation
Structural realism
Further reading
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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