Dictionary Of Concepts In The Philosophy Of Science

Hardcover | September 1, 1988

byPaul T. Durbin

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This new reference, designed for both students and general readers, provides concise essays on more than one hundred basic core ideas or concepts in the natural and social sciences, supplemented by carefully selected bibliographic listings. Written with a minimum of technical jargon, the essays explore such issues as what it means to be "scientific," how theories related to facts in science, and how science compares with other intellectual disciplines. After presenting a clear explanation of the concept, each entry discusses the historical and intellectual context that gave rise to theoretical controversy and assesses the significance of the idea for both the particular discipline and science as a whole. The individual bibliographies will guide the student in tracing the historical development of each subject and investigating its scientific and philosophical aspects in greater detail. Cross referencing and subject indexing are supplied.

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This new reference, designed for both students and general readers, provides concise essays on more than one hundred basic core ideas or concepts in the natural and social sciences, supplemented by carefully selected bibliographic listings. Written with a minimum of technical jargon, the essays explore such issues as what it means to b...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9.52 × 6.4 × 1.26 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313229791

ISBN - 13:9780313229794

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?This new dictionary is a summary of approximately one hundred basic controversies covering all the subfields in contemporary philosophy of science.' It is oriented to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students who are beginning study in the philosophy of science, and is designed as a supplement to a textbook or introductory survey of the field. Each of the two--to four-- page articles begins with a brief definition of the term delineating the variety of usages, followed by an essay describing the history of the term and examining the contemporary points of view on the issue. The articles conclude with a substantial list of references and sources of additional information. The bibliographic lists are probably the most valuable aspect of this carefully done work. Great care has been taken to make the bibliographies both historically representative and genuinely helpful helpful to beginning students.' The Sources of additional information' section is a one-paragraph bibliographic essay which leads the reader to basic materials in the field with special attention given to important articles in the major encyclopedias. All works referred to in these lists are in English. The definitions and articles themselves are quite useful descriptions of the terms. While working in a field that is normally laden with jargon, the author has made a good effort at avoiding unexplained technical terms. Good cross-references are provided throughout this work.??College & Research Libraries