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

Author: P Kyle Stanford; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The incredible achievements of modern scientific theories lead most of us to embrace scientific realism: the view that our best theories offer us at least roughly accurate descriptions of otherwise inaccessible parts of the world like genes, atoms, and the big bang. In Exceeding our grasp, Stanford argues that careful attention to the history of scientific investigation invites a challenge to this view that is not  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Stanford, P. Kyle.
Exceeding our grasp.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: P Kyle Stanford; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 0195174089 9780195174083 0199786364 9780199786367
OCLC Number: 70117703
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 234 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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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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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