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Theoretical virtues in science : uncovering reality through theory

Author: Samuel Schindler
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
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In-depth discussion of the value of scientific theories, bringing together and advancing current important debates in realism.
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Schindler, Samuel, 1980-
Theoretical virtues in science.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017053780
(OCoLC)1010998138
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Schindler
ISBN: 9781108397094 1108397093
OCLC Number: 1033633854
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half-title page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1 Theoretical Virtues, Truth and the Argument from Simplicity; 1.1 Theoretical Virtues; 1.2 The Explanatory Defence of Realism and Its Criticisms; 1.3 Theoretical Virtues: Epistemic or Pragmatic?; 1.4 The First Virtuous Argument for Realism: The Argument from Simplicity; Chapter 2 Pessimism, Base Rates and the No-Virtue-Coincidence Argument; 2.1 The Pessimistic Meta-Induction and the Divide et Impera Move; 2.2 False Posits and Novel Success: What If? 2.3 PMI versus PUA2.4 Broader Concerns: The Base-Rate Fallacy; 2.5 The Central Virtuous Argument for Realism: Virtue Convergence; 2.6 Conclusion; Chapter 3 Novel Success and Predictivism; 3.1 Worrall's Account of Use-Novelty: Weak and Strong; 3.2 Parameter Freedom and Local-Symptomatic Predictivism; 3.3 Non-Starters; 3.4 Deflationary Approaches and Comparative Novel Success; 3.5 Mendeleev's Periodic Table and the Prediction of Chemical Elements; 3.6 Conclusion: Novel Success and Nagging Popperian Intuitions; Chapter 4 Theoretical Fertility without Novel Success. 4.1 McMullinian Fertility and Nolan's Challenge4.2 The Bohr-Sommerfeld Model of the Atom; 4.3 An Objectionable Change; 4.4 Conclusion; Chapter 5 Ad Hoc Hypotheses and the Argument from Coherence; 5.1 Ad Hocness: The State of the Art; 5.2 A Coherentist Conception of Ad Hocness; 5.3 In-Depth Illustrations of the Coherentist Conception; 5.4 The Third Virtuous Argument for Realism: The Argument from Coherence; Chapter 6 Virtues as Confidence Boosters and the Argument from Choice; 6.1 The Negative View, the Dictatorship Condition, and Its Violation; 6.2 Historical Case Studies. 6.3 The Fourth Virtuous Argument for Realism: The Argument from Choice6.4 Objections; Chapter 7 Philosophy of Science by Historical Means; 7.1 Laudan's Naïve and Sophisticated Naturalism; 7.2 Rational Reconstruction; 7.3 Concept Clarification; Conclusion; Epilogue: The Demarcation Problem; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Samuel Schindler (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark).

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Investigates what kinds of theories scientists do and should strive for and whether those theories allow us to be confident that science is reflecting reality. The book features historical case  Read more...

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