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Philosophy of Science An Anthology

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ISBN-10: 1405130334

ISBN-13: 9781405130332

Edition: 2006

Authors: Marc Lange

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Assembling some of the finest papers in the philosophy of science since 1945, this title addresses topics including realism and the character of scientific theories, scientific explanations and laws of nature, singular causation, and the metaphysical implications of modern physics.
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List price: $157.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 664
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Our Logical Empiricist Heritage.
Introduction to Part I
Empiricist Criteria of Cognitive Significance: Problems and Changes
The Logical Foundations of Belief Revision.
Introduction to Part II
Studies in the Logic of Confirmation
Confirmation and Relevance
The New Riddle of Induction
Explanations, Tests, Unity, and Necessity
Rationality and Objectivity in Science (or Tom Kuhn Meets Tom Bayes)
The Criteria of Theory Choice.
Introduction to Part III
Let's Razor Ockham's Razor
Foundational Physics and Empiricist Critique
Darwin's Achievement
Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice
Realism and the Character of Scientific Theories.
Introduction to Part IV
The Theoretician's Dilemma
(a) Phenomenalism.
(b)The Language of Theories
(a) Arguments Concerning Scientific Realism.
(b)To Save the Phenomen
Empirical Equivalence and Underdetermination (Larry Laudan and Jarrett Leplin)
Structural Realism: The Best of Both Worlds? (John Worrall)
Extragalactic Reality: The Case of Gravitational Lensing (Ian Hacking)
Scientific Explanations and Laws of Nature.
Introduction to Part V
Laws and their Role in Scientific Exploration
(a) The Laws of Nature.(b) Humean Supervenience
Laws of Nature
The Evolutionary Contingency Thesis
Who's Afraid of Ceteris-Paribus Laws? (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Them)
Natural Kinds and the Special Kinds of Special Sciences.
Introduction to Part VI
A Tradition of Natural Kinds
Evolution, Population Thinking, and Essentialism
Homeostasis, Species, and Higher Taxa
Some Puzzles About Species
Special Sciences (or: The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis)
Singular Causation.
Introduction to Part VII
Causation and Recipes
Causation as Influence
Causation and the Flow of Energy
Probabilistic Causation, Causal Laws, and Chances.
Introduction to Part VIII
Probabilistic Causation
Causal Laws and Effective Strategies
The Propensity Interpretation of Fitness
A Subjectivist's Guide to Objective Chance
Metaphysical Implications of Modern Physics.
Introduction to Part IX
On Einstein-Minkowski Space-Time
What Price Spacetime Substantivalism? The Hole Story
The Genidentity of Quantum Particles
Is the Moon There When Nobody Looks? Reality and the Quantum Theory
Part and Whole in Quantum Mechanics
Index