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Representing and intervening : introductory topics in the philosophy of natural science

Author: Ian Hacking
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An introduction to the philosophy of natural science, organized around the central theme of scientific realism.
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Hacking
ISBN: 0521238293 9780521238298 0521282462 9780521282468
OCLC Number: 9371160
Description: xv, 287 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: Rationality --
Part A. Representing. What is scientific realism? ; Building and causing ; Positivism ; Pragmatism ; Incommensurability ; Reference ; Internal realism ; A surrogate for truth --
Break: Reals and representations --
Part B. Intervening. Experiment ; Observation ; Microscopes ; Speculation, calculation, models, approximations ; The creation of phenomena ; Measurement ; Baconian topics ; Experimentation and scientific realism.
Responsibility: Ian Hacking.
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