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Introduction to the Philosophy of Science Cutting Nature at Its Seams

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ISBN-10: 0195106113

ISBN-13: 9780195106114

Edition: 1997

Authors: Robert Klee

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Introduction to the Philosophy of Science: Cutting Nature at Its Seams is a clear and lively explanation of key concepts and issues in the philosophy of science. It surveys the field from positivism to social constructivism, focusing on the metaphysical implications of science as a form of knowledge gathering that explains what the world is really like, while simultaneously arguing for the superiority of a holistic model of scientific theories over competing models. An innovative feature is the use of immunology as the central domain of illustration, in contrast to other philosophy of science texts that draw examples predominantly from physics. The text also presents Thomas Kuhn's model of…    
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List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/12/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

The Case of Allergic Disease: From Everyday Observation to Microstructural Explanation
Experimentation and Research Science
Observable Mysteries
Physical Microstructure
Mechanism and Testing
Mast Cell Release
Immunoglobulin E
Intervention and Manipulation
Released Inflammatory Mediator Blockade
Mast Cell Release Blockade
Immunoglobulin E Blockade
Unification and Explanation
Allergy Genes
Determination and Explanation
The Positivist Model of Scientific Theories
Theories as Formal Languages
A Dummy Scientific Theory to Illustrate the Positivist Model
Trouble in Positivist Paradise
The Point of the Observational/Theoretical Distinction
Ease of Application
Putnamian Cynicism
Encapsulated Information Processing
Sensory Surface Distance
Dispositional Properties
The Underdetermination of Theory
The Quine-Duhem Thesis
Popperian Falsificationism
Is Underdetermination a Myth?
Pragmatism and Realism
Reductionism, Antireductionism, and Supervenience
Nagel's Model of Reduction
Kemeny & Oppenheim's Model of Reduction
The Unity of Science Program
The Putnam/Fodor Multiple Realization Argument Against the Unity of Science
Supervenience to the Rescue?
Kim's Model of Supervenience
Modest Physicalism
The Structure of Scientific Explanation
The Deductive-Nomological (D-N) Model of Scientific Explanation
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The Aleatory Model of Scientific Explanation
The Unification Model of Scientific Explanation
Natural Kinds, Homeostatic Property Clusters, and the Structural Basis of Reality
The Revenge of Historicism
Paradigms and the Practice of Normal Science
Puzzle-Solving and the Cautiousness of Normal Science
Revolutionary Science
Antirealism, Relativism, and Their Shadows
The Case of Modern Immunology
The Social Constructivist Challenge
The Strong Programme
Roll Over Socrates: Philosophy as the Bad Guy
The Case Method with a Vengeance
The View from Deep in the Swamp of History
The Inequality of Theoretical Alternatives
The Politics of Epistemology
The Genderization of Scientific Knowledge
Postmodernist Feminism: Sandra Harding
Feminist Social Activism: Helen Longino
Feminist Empiricism: Lynn Hankinson Nelson
The Actual Way Things Really Are
What Can or Cannot Happen in the Limit of Inquiry
The Cosmic Coincidence Argument for Scientific Realism
The Covergence Argument
The Manipulability Argument
The Case for Scientific Antirealism
Antirealism: Success is Self-Defeating for Realism
Antirealism: Success Needs No Explanation at All
Antirealism: Success isn't What You Th