Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science

ISBN-10: 1405101520

ISBN-13: 9781405101523

Edition: 2004

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Description: An accessible introduction to the major topics in contemporary philosophy of science, including empiricism, confirmation, realism, laws, causation, explanation and the philosophies of physics, biology, psychology, and the social sciences.

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List price: $57.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

James Robert Brown is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.Mélanie Frappier is Assistant Professor of Humanities in the Department of History of Science and Technology, University of King�s College.Letitia Meynell is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie University. 

Notes on Contributors
Preface
Introduction: What is the Philosophy of Science?
Do Thought Experiments Transcend Empiricism?
Why Thought Experiments Transcend Empiricism
Why Thought Experiments do not Transcend Empiricism
Does Probability Capture the Logic of Scientific Confirmation or Justification?
Probability Captures the Logic of Scientific Confirmation
Why Probability does not Capture the Logic of Scientific Justification
Can a Theory's Predictive Success Warrant Belief in the Unobservable Entities it Postulates?
A Theory's Predictive Success can Warrant Belief in the Unobservable Entities it Postulates
A Theory's Predictive Success does not Warrant Belief in the Unobservable Entities in Postulates
Are There Laws in the Social Sciences?
There are no Laws of the Social Sciences
There are Laws in the Social Sciences
Are Causes Physically Connected to their Effects?
Causes are Physically Connected to their Effects: Why Preventers and Omissions are not Causes
Causes need not be Physically Connected to their Effects: The Case for Negative Causation
Is There a Puzzle About the Low-Entropy Past?
On the Origins of the Arrow of Time: Why there is Still a Puzzle about the Low-Entropy Past
There is no Puzzle about the Low-Entropy Past
Do Genes Encode Information about Phenotypic Traits?
Genes Encode Information for Phenotypic Traits
Genes do not Encode Information for Phenotypic Traits
Is the Mind a System of Modules Shaped by Natural Selection?
The Mind is a System of Modules Shaped by Natural Selection
The Mind is not (just) a System of Modules Shaped (just) by Natural Selection
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