Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science

Paperback | August 1, 1998

EditorRobert Klee

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Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science features an impressive collection of classical and contemporary readings on a wide range of issues in the philosophy of science. The volume is organized into six sections, each with its own introduction, and includes a generalintroduction that situates the philosophy of science in relation to other areas of intellectual inquiry. The selections focus on the main issues in the field, including the structure of scientific theories, models of scientific explanation, reductionism, historicist challenges to the objectivity ofscience, and the dispute over the ontological interpretation of mature scientific theories. Both the positivist model of science and its competitors, including contemporary social constructivist models, are included. Ideal for introductory philosophy of science courses, Scientific Inquiry strives toprovide students and other readers with a thorough knowledge of the philosophical complexity of modern science and an appreciation of its authoritative intellectual standing in contemporary life.

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Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science features an impressive collection of classical and contemporary readings on a wide range of issues in the philosophy of science. The volume is organized into six sections, each with its own introduction, and includes a generalintroduction that situates the philosophy of science ...

Robert Klee is at Ithaca College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:August 1, 1998

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ISBN - 10:0195119762

ISBN - 13:9780195119763

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: The Positivist Model of Scientific Theories and Its ProblemsSection 1. Logic, Language, and the Observational/Theoretical Distinction1. The Rise of Logical Positivism: Alexander Rosenberg2. The Positivist Model of Scientific Theories: Frederick Suppe3. Problems with the Observational/Theoretical Distinction: Hilary Putnam4. Theoretical Entities: Grover Maxwell5. A Defense of the Observational/Theoretical Distinction: Bas Van Fraassen6. A Critique of Operationalism: Technical Interlude: Carl HempelSection 2. The Underdetermination of Theory and Holism7. Physical Theory and Experiment: Pierre Dunhem8. Falsification: Sir Karl Popper9. Holism, Part 1: Two Dogmas of Empiricism: W.V. Quine10. Holism, Part 2: Posits and Reality: W.V. Quine11. A Critique of Underdetermination: Technical Interlude: Larry LaudanSection 3. Reductionism, Antireductionism, and Scientific Explanation12. A Model of Intertheoretic Reduction: Ernest Nagel13. Unity of Science: Paul Oppenheim and Hilary Putnam14. A Critique of Physiological Reductionism: Jerry Fodor15. The Nature of Supervenience: Technical Interlude: Jaegwon Kim16. The Deductive-Nomological Model of Scientific Explanation: Carl G. Hempel and Paul Oppenheim17. The Unification Model of Scientific Explanation: Philip Kitcher18. The Aleatory Model of Scientific Explanation: Technical Interlude: Paul HumphreysPart II: Historicism and Its AftermathSection 4. The Kuhnian Model of Science19. The Nature of Normal Science: Thomas Kuhn20. The Nature of Revolutionary Science: Thomas Kuhn21. The Rationality of Science After Kuhn: Ian Hacking22. An Argument Against Method: Polemical Interlude: Paul FeyerabendSection 5. Social Constructivism and Feminism23. The Strong Programme in the Sociology of Science: David Bloor24. A Social Constructivist Field Study: Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar25. A Critique of Social Constructivism: James Robert Brown26. The Sokal Hoax: Polemical Interlude: Paul Boghossian27. Feminist Science Criticism: Sandra Harding28. Problems with Feminist Epistemology: Cassandra Pinnick29. A Critique of Feminist Science Criticism: Polemical Interlude: Paul R. Gross and Norman LevittSection 6. Realism and Antirealism30. Realism in Mathematics and Elsewhere: Hilary Putnam31. Alternatives to Realism: Bas van Fraassen32. Realism and Scientific Progress: Philip Kitcher33. Realism, Antirealism, and NOA: James Robert Brown34. Idealism and Antirealism: Polemical Interlude: Alan Musgrave