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Scientific Inquiry Readings in the Philosophy of Science

ISBN-10: 0195119762

ISBN-13: 9780195119763

Edition: 1998

Authors: Robert Klee

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Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science features an impressive collection of classical and contemporary readings on a wide range of issues in the philosophy of science. The volume is organized into six sections, each with its own introduction, and includes a general introduction that situates the philosophy of science in relation to other areas of intellectual inquiry. The selections focus on the main issues in the field, including the structure of scientific theories, models of scientific explanation, reductionism, historicist challenges to the objectivity of science, and the dispute over the ontological interpretation of mature scientific theories. Both the positivist model of science and its competitors, including contemporary social constructivist models, are included. Ideal for introductory philosophy of science courses, Scientific Inquiry strives to provide students and other readers with a thorough knowledge of the philosophical complexity of modern science and an appreciation of its authoritative intellectual standing in contemporary life.
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/10/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Positivist Model of Scientific Theories and Its Problems
Logic, Language, and the Observational/Theoretical Distinction
The Rise of Logical Positivism
The Positivist Model of Scientific Theories
Problems with the Observational/Theoretical Distinction
Theoretical Entities
A Defense of the Observational/Theoretical Distinction
Technical Interlude: A Critique of Operationalism
The Underdetermination of Theory and Holism
Physical Theory and Experiment
Falsification
Holism
Two Dogmas of Empiricism
Holism
Posits and Reality
Technical Interlude: A Critique of Underdetermination
Reductionism, Antireductionism, and Scientific Explanation
A Model of Intertheoretic Reduction
Unity of Science
A Critique of Physiological Reductionism
Technical Interlude: Jaegwon Kim, The Nature of Supervenience
Carl G. Hempel and Paul Oppenheim, The Deductive-Nomological Model of Scientific Explanation
Philip Kitcher, The Unification Model of Scientific Explanation
Technical Interlude: Paul Humphreys, The Aleatory Model of Scientific Explanation
Historicism and Its Aftermath
The Kuhnian Model of Science
The Nature of Normal Science
The Nature of Revolutionary Science
The Rationality of Science After Kuhn
Polemical Interlude: An Argument Against Method
Social Constructivism and Feminism
The Strong Programme in the Sociology of Science
A Social Constructivist Field Study
A Critique of Social Constructivism
Polemical Interlude: The Sokal Hoax
Feminist Science Criticism
Problems with Feminist Epistemology
Polemical Interlude: A Critique of Feminist Science Criticism
Realism and Antirealism
Realism in Mathematics and Elsewhere
Alternatives to Realism
Realism and Scientific Progress
Realism, Antirealism, and NOA
Polemical Interlude: Idealism and Antirealism