Scientific Knowledge Basic Issues in the Philosophy of Science

ISBN-10: 053452530X
ISBN-13: 9780534525309
Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)
Author(s): Janet A. Kourany
Description: Containing 31 readings reflecting the dynamism of the field, this book provides readers with the most current and relevant readings available on issues in the philosophy of science. All of the readings have been selected based on their clarity and  More...
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright Year: 1998
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication Date: 12/31/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Containing 31 readings reflecting the dynamism of the field, this book provides readers with the most current and relevant readings available on issues in the philosophy of science. All of the readings have been selected based on their clarity and coverage of the prevailing debates in the philosophy of science--from logical positivism to anit-realism. The book assumes no specialized training in formal logic or scientific methods and therefore can be appreciated by a wide range of readers.

Philosophy of Science: An Overview
The Social Context in Which Scientific Knowledge is Produced
On the Psychology of Scientists, and Their Social Concerns
A Lab of Her Own
Women Join the Ranks of Science but Remain Invisible at the Top
Science v. the Female Scientist
Science v. Women-A Radical Solution
An Anthropologist Visits the Laboratory
The Empirical Basis of Scientific Knowledge
The Problem Of The Empirical Basis
Observation
Pump and Circumstance: Robert Boyle''s Literary Technology
Interviewing Women: A Contradiction in Terms
Against Putting the Phenomena First: The Discovery of the Week Neutral Current
The Validation of Scientific Knowledge
The Confirmation Of Laws and Theories
Science: Conjectures and Refutations
Physical Theory and Experiment
Falsification and the Methodology of Scien- tific Research Pogrammes
Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice
Have Only Men Evolved
Can There Be a Feminist Science?
The Historical Development of Scientific Knowledge
Explanation in Science?
Unity of Science as a Working Hypothesis
The Rationality of Scientific Revolutions
The Function of Dogma in Scientific Research
The Nature and Necessity of Scientific Reasoning
Dissecting the Holist Picture of Scientific Change
Realism Versus Anti-Realism: The Ontological Import of Scientific Knowledge
The Ontological Status of Theoretical Entities
Arguments Concerning Scientific Realism
A Case for Scientific Realism
The Natural Ontological Attitude
Critical Silences in Scientific Discourse: Problems of Form and Reform
Realism and Instrumentalism in Pre-Newtonian Astronomy
Experimentation and Scientific Realism

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