Scientific Objectivity and Its Contexts by Evandro AgazziScientific Objectivity and Its Contexts by Evandro Agazzi

Scientific Objectivity and Its Contexts

byEvandro Agazzi

Hardcover | March 27, 2014

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The first part of this book is of an epistemological nature and develops an original theory of scientific objectivity, understood in a weak sense (as intersubjective agreement among the specialists) and a strong sense (as having precise concrete referents). In both cases it relies upon the adoption of operational criteria designed within the particular perspective under which any single science considers reality. The "object" so attained has a proper ontological status, dependent on the specific character of the criteria of reference (regional ontologies). This justifies a form of scientific realism. Such perspectives are also the result of a complex cultural-historical situation. The awareness of such a "historical determinacy" of science justifies including in the philosophy of science the problems of ethics of science, relations of science with metaphysics and social dimensions of science that overstep the traditional restriction of the philosophy of science to an epistemology of science. It is to this "context" that the second part of the book is devoted.
Evandro Agazzi completed his studies in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan and in Physics at the State University of the same city. He became full professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Genoa in 1970 and also held the chair of Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy of Nature and Philosophy of Science at the...
Title:Scientific Objectivity and Its ContextsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:482 pagesPublished:March 27, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Historical and Philosophical Background.- The Characterisation of Objectivity.- First Corollaries in the Philosophy of Science.- The Ontological Commitment of Science.- Scientific Realism.- The Contexts of Objectivity.- Corollaries in the Philosophy of Science.- Scientific Truth Revisited.- The Context of Making Science.- Science and Metaphysics.- Appendix.- References.- Indexes.

Editorial Reviews

"The rich and wide-ranging book offers a critical dialogue with many contemporary philosophers, debates, and viewpoints. It includes ten chapters and one appendix on philosophical topics associated with the concept of scientific objectivity as the key to the scientific understanding of reality. . the book recommends itself because of its great clarity, while also deservig a careful reading because of the complexity of its structure and the organic unity of its parts." (Marco Buzzoni, Journal for General Philosophy of Science, Vol. 47, 2016)