Science, Action, and Reality by R. TuomelaScience, Action, and Reality by R. Tuomela

Science, Action, and Reality

byR. Tuomela

Paperback | February 12, 2012

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Were one to characterize the aims of this book ambitiously, it could be said to sketch the philosophical foundations or underpinnings of the scientific world view or, better, of the scientific conception of the world. In any case, it develops a comprehensive philosophical view, one which takes science seri­ ously as the best method for getting to know the ontological aspects of the world. This view is a kind of scientific realism - causal internal realism, as it is dubbed in the book. This brand of realism is "tough" in matters of ontology but "soft" in matters of semantics and epistemology. An ancestor of the book was published in Finnish under the title Tiede, toiminta ja todellisuus (Gaudeamus, 1983). That book is a shortish undergraduate-level monograph. However, as some research-level chapters have been added, the present book is perhaps best regarded as suited for more advanced readers. I completed the book while my stay at the University of Wisconsin in Madison as a Visiting Professor under the Exchange Program between the Universities of Wisconsin and Helsinki. I gratefully acknowledge this support. I also wish to thank Juhani Saalo and Martti Kuokkanen for comments on the manuscript and for editorial help. Dr Matti Sintonen translated the Finnish ancestor of this book into English, to be used as a partial basis for this work. His translation was supported by a grant from Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden edistamisvarat. Finally, and as usual, I wish to thank Mrs.
Title:Science, Action, and RealityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:275 pagesPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401089051

ISBN - 13:9789401089050

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Table of Contents

1: Philosophy and Transcendental Thinking.- 2: The Manifest Image and the Scientific Image.- I Conceptualizing the World.- II The Stereoscopic View of the World.- 3: The Myth of the Given World, Knowledge, and Language.- I The Myth and its Constituents.- II What is Wrong with the Myth?.- 4: Scientific Realism - Science's Own Philosophy.- I Kant and Scientific Realism.- II General Arguments for Scientific Realism.- Appendix on Quantum Mechanics, Bell's Inequalities, and Scientific Realism.- 5: Methodological Arguments for Scientific Realism.- I The Theoretician's Dilemma and Scientific Realism.- II Theoretical Concepts within Inductive Systematization.- III Quantificational Depth and the Methodological Usefulness of Theoretical Concepts.- IV A Scientific Realist's View of the Role of Theoretical Concepts.- 6: Internal Realism.- I Metaphysical and Internal Realism.- II Causal Internal Realism.- III Picturing.- 7: Science as the Measure of What There is.- I On the Various Kinds of Scientific Realism.- II Ontology and the Scope of the scientia mensura-thesis.- 8: Social Action and Systems Theory.- I The Conceptual Nature of Social Action.- II We-intentions and Social Action.- III Joint Action and Systems Theory.- 9: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge.- I Truth and Explanation in the Context of Scientific Growth.- II A Pragmatic Account of Scientific Explanation.- III What is Best Explanation?.- IV Inductive Logic, Epistemic Truth, and Best Explanation.- V Scientific Realism and the Growth of Science.- 10: Science, Prescience, and Pseudoscience.- I The Method of Science.- II Science and Prescience.- III Magic and Religion.- IV Pseudoscience.- Notes.- Name Index.