Science and Partial Truth: A Unitary Approach to Models and Scientific Reasoning

Hardcover | February 24, 2005

byNewton C. A. da Costa, Steven French

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In the past thirty years, two fundamental issues have emerged in the philosophy of science. One concerns the appropriate attitude we should take towards scientific theories--whether we should regard them as true or merely empirically adequate, for example. The other concerns the nature ofscientific theories and models and how these might best be represented. In this ambitious book, da Costa and French bring these two issues together by arguing that theories and models should be regarded as partially rather than wholly true. They adopt a framework that sheds new light on issues to do with belief, theory acceptance, and the realism-antirealism debate.The new machinery of "partial structures" that they develop offers a new perspective from which to view the nature of scientific models and their heuristic development. Their conclusions will be of wide interest to philosophers and historians of science.

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In the past thirty years, two fundamental issues have emerged in the philosophy of science. One concerns the appropriate attitude we should take towards scientific theories--whether we should regard them as true or merely empirically adequate, for example. The other concerns the nature ofscientific theories and models and how these mig...

Newton da Costa is a Member of the Research Group on Logic and Foundations at the Institute of Advanced Study of the University of Sao Paolo. Steven French is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 6.42 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:February 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019515651X

ISBN - 13:9780195156515

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"I welcome Newton C. A. da Costa and Steven French's Science and Partial Truth as an important contribution to a more realistic though--unavoidably--more fuzzy philosophy of science than all 'received views.'"--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews