Science and Scepticism by John W.N. WatkinsScience and Scepticism by John W.N. Watkins

Science and Scepticism

byJohn W.N. Watkins

Paperback | July 14, 2014

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This book contains important technical innovations, including comparative measures for the testable content, depth, and unity of scientific theories.

Originally published in 1984.

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Title:Science and ScepticismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 14, 2014Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691612188

ISBN - 13:9780691612188

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Table of Contents


  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • CONTENTS, pg. vii
  • PREFACE, pg. xi
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, pg. xv
  • REFERENCES AND ABBREVIATIONS, pg. xvii
  • Chapter 1. Scepticism and Irrationalism, pg. 3
  • Chapter 2. Probabilism, pg. 39
  • Chapter 3. The Inductive Ascent, pg. 79
  • Chapter 4. The Optimum Aim for Science, pg. 123
  • Chapter 5. The Optimum Aim Elucidated, pg. 166
  • Chapter 6. Deductivism and Statistical Explanation, pg. 225
  • Chapter 7. The Empirical Basis, pg. 247
  • Chapter 8. Corroboration, pg. 279
  • Chapter 9. Epilogue, pg. 337
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY, pg. 356
  • Index of Symbols, pg. 381
  • GENERAL INDEX, pg. 383