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Exceeding our grasp : science, history, and the problem of unconceived alternatives

Author: P Kyle Stanford
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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History reveals our routine failure to even conceive of well-confirmed alternatives to our scientific theories, Stanford argues, and similar alternatives to our own theories likely remain presently  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: P Kyle Stanford
ISBN: 9780195174083 0195174089
OCLC Number: 602879549
Description: 234 Seiten
Contents: Realism, pessimism, and underdetermination --
Chasing Duhem: the problem of unconceived alternatives --
Darwin and pangenesis: the search for the material basis of generation and heredity --
Galton and the stirp theory --
August Weismann's theory of the germ-plasm --
History revisited: Pyrrhic victories for scientific realism --
Selective confirmation and the historical record: "another such victory over the Romans"? --
Science without realism?
Responsibility: P. Kyle Stanford.
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