Computational Philosophy of Science by Paul ThagardComputational Philosophy of Science by Paul Thagard

Computational Philosophy of Science

byPaul Thagard

Paperback | March 2, 1993

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By applying research in artificial intelligence to problems in the philosophy of science, Paul Thagard develops an exciting new approach to the study of scientific reasoning. This approach uses computational ideas to shed light on how scientific theories are discovered, evaluated, and used in explanations. Thagard describes a detailed computational model of problem solving and discovery that provides a conceptually rich yet rigorous alternative to accounts of scientific knowledge based on formal logic, and he uses it to illuminate such topics as the nature of concepts, hypothesis formation, analogy, and theory justification.

Paul R. Thagard is Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Computer Science, and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Coherence in Thought and Action (MIT Press, 2000) and Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science (second edition, MIT Press, 2005).
Title:Computational Philosophy of ScienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:257 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:March 2, 1993Publisher:The MIT Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262700484

ISBN - 13:9780262700481


Editorial Reviews

The writing reflects an enviable clarity of thought and economy of expression. Thagard has a remarkable ability to reduce complicated philosophical positions to their essential simplicity and state them in clear, flowing arguments.... To say that I liked this book would be an egregious understatement. Indeed, I read it twice and enthusiastically underlined nearly half of it in the process.... The must-read book of the year.