Philosophy of Science An Historical Anthology

ISBN-10: 1405175427
ISBN-13: 9781405175425
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $64.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/4/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 680
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

List of Figures
Notes on Editors
Personal Acknowledgments
Text Acknowledgments
Introduction
Unit 1 The Ancient and Medieval Periods
Atoms and Empty Space
Letter to Herodotus
The Paradoxes of Motion
Plato�s Cosmology
The Structure and Motion of the Heavenly Spheres
Change, Natures, and Causes
Scientific Inference and the Knowledge of Essential Natures
The Cosmos and the Shape and Size of the Earth
The Divisions of Nature and the Divisions of Knowledge
On Methods of Inference
The Explanatory Power of Atomism
The Earth: Its Size, Shape, and Immobility
The Weaknesses of Hypotheses
Projectile Motion
Free Fall
Against the Reality of Epicycles and Eccentrics
Impetus and its Applications
The Possibility of a Rotating Earth
Unit 2 The Scientific Revolution
The Nature and Grounds of the Copernican System
The Unsigned Letter
The Motion of the Earth
The New Star
A Man Ahead of His Time
On Arguments about a Moving Earth
Eight Minutes of Arc
Tradition and Experience
A Moving Earth Is More Probable Than the Alternative
The Ship and the Tower
The Copernican View Vindicated
The "Corpuscular" Philosophy
Successful Hypotheses and High Probability
Inductive Methodology
Space, Time, and the Elements of Physics
Four Rules of Reasoning
General Scholium
The System of the World
Unit 3 The Modern Period
The Inductive Method
Rules for the Discovery of Scientific Truth
Rationalism and Scientific Method
Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits
The Principle of Least Action
Space, Time, and Symmetry
The Problem of Induction
The Nature of Cause and Effect
The Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science
Unit 4 Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century
The Nature of Scientific Explanation
Determinism, Ignorance, and Probability
Hypotheses, Data, and Crucial Experiments
An Empiricist Account of Scientific Discovery
Against Pure Empiricism
The Causes Behind the Phenomena
Catastrophist Geology
Uniformitarian Geology
The Explanatory Scope of the Evolutionary Hypothesis
Induction as a Self-Correcting Process
The Nature of Abduction
The Role of Hypotheses in Physical Theory
Against Crucial Experiments
On the Method of Theoretical Physics
Introduction
Unit 5 Positivism and the Received View
Theory and Observation
Scientific Explanation
Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology
The Pragmatic Vindication of Induction
Dissolving the Problem of Induction
Unit 6 After the Received View: Confirmation and Observation
Empiricist Criteria of Cognitive Significance: Problems and Changes
The Raven Paradox
Two Dogmas of Empiricism
The New Riddle of Induction
What Theories Are Not
On Observation
The Ontological Status of Theoretical Entities
Unit 7 After the Received View
Science: Conjectures and Refutations
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Science and Pseudoscience
Unit 8 After the Received View: Explanation
Counterexamples to the D-N and I-S Models of Explanation
The Statistical Relevance Model of Explanation
Why Ask, "Why"?
Explanatory Unification
Unit 9 After the Received View: The Realism Debate
The Current Status of Scientific Realism
A Confutation of Convergent Realism
Constructive Empiricism
The Natural Ontological Attitude

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