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Understanding philosophy of science

Author: James Ladyman
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Without scientific theory, the technology developments of recent years would not have been possible. In this introduction to philosophy of science, James Ladyman explores the scope of natural science and its implications for human life. With the focus firmly upon realism, he discusses how fundamental philosophical questions can be answered by science and how scientific theory can confirm and inform our basic and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Understanding philosophy of science
(NL-LeOCL)333755774
(OCoLC)899074361
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Ladyman
ISBN: 0415221560 9780415221566 0415221579 9780415221573 020325046X 9780203250464 9780203463680 0203463684
OCLC Number: 47658932
Description: xiii, 290 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : philosophy of science as epistemology and metaphysics --
pt. 1. The scientific method --
1. Induction and inductivism --
The sceptic's challenge --
The scientific revolution --
The 'new tool' of induction --
(Naïve) inductivism --
2. The problem of induction and other problems with inductivism --
The problem of induction --
Solutions and dissolutions of the problem of induction --
Inductivism and the history of science --
Theory and observation --
Conclusions --
3. Falsificationism --
Popper and the critique of Marxism and psychoanalysis --
Popper's solution to the problem of induction --
The context of discovery and the context of justification --
The Duhem problem --
Problems with Falsificationism --
Conclusions --
4. Revolutions and rationality --
The received view of science --
Kuhn's revolutionary history of science --
paradigms and normal science --
The Copernican revolution --
Theory and observation --
Incommensurability --
Relativism and the role of reason in science --
pt. 2. Realism and antirealism about science --
5. Scientific realism --
Appearance and reality --
The metaphysics of the external world --
Semantics --
Standard scientific realism --
Antirealism --
6. Underdetermination --
Underdetermination --
Constructive empiricism --
7. Explanation and inference --
Explanation --
Inference to the best explanation --
Common sense, realism and constructive empiricism --
8. Realism about what --
Theory change --
Multiple models --
Idealisation --
Structural realism.
Responsibility: James Ladyman.
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