The Advancement of Science: Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions / Edition 1

The Advancement of Science: Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions / Edition 1

by Philip Kitcher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195096533

ISBN-13: 9780195096538

Pub. Date: 04/20/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Setting a new agenda for the philosophy of science and for other "science studies" disciplines, in this book the well-known philosopher Philip Kitcher offers an innovative and detailed picture of the advancement of science. During the last three decades, reflections on the growth of scientific knowledge have inspired historians, sociologists, and some philosophers to…  See more details below

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Setting a new agenda for the philosophy of science and for other "science studies" disciplines, in this book the well-known philosopher Philip Kitcher offers an innovative and detailed picture of the advancement of science. During the last three decades, reflections on the growth of scientific knowledge have inspired historians, sociologists, and some philosophers to contend that scientific objectivity is a myth. In this book, Kitcher attempts to resurrect the notions of objectivity and progress in science by identifying both the limitations of idealized treatments of growth of knowledge and the overreactions to philosophical idealizations. Recognizing that science is done not by logically omniscient subjects working in isolation, but by people with a variety of personal and social interests who cooperate and compete with one another, he argues that, nonetheless, we may conceive the growth of science as a process in which both our vision of nature and our ways of learning more about nature improve. Undertaking a novel synthesis that preserves the very conceptions of objectivity and progress in epistemology and philosophy of science, this book accommodates and examines the insights of historians and sociologists of science who have criticized traditional philosophy of science. Pointing to a new way of discussing science, The Advancement of Science is of key interest to philosophers of science, historians of science, sociologists of science, and reflective scientists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195096538
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/20/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile:
1560L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Legend's Legacy3
2Darwin's Achievement11
3The Microstructure of Scientific Change58
4Varieties of Progress90
5Realism and Scientific Progress127
6Dissolving Rationality178
7The Experimental Philosophy219
8The Organization of Cognitive Labor303
Envoi390
Bibliography392
Index407

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