Foundation Philosophy Science: Recent Developments / Edition 1

Foundation Philosophy Science: Recent Developments / Edition 1

by James Fetzer

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Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
Paragon Issues in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.43(d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction
IThe Language Framework
Principles of Definition7
Logical Analysis of Language17
Two Dogmas of Empiricism23
IILaws and Lawlikeness
The Problem of Counterfactual Conditionals45
The Goodman Paradox and the New Riddle of Induction59
Universals, Dispositions, and Natural or Physical Necessity73
IIIThe Structure of Theories
Theories and Nonobservables96
What's Wrong with the Received View on the Structure of Scientific Theories?110
Provisoes : A Problem Concerning the Inferential Function of Scientific Theories127
IVExplanation and Prediction
Explanation in Science and in History146
Statistical Explanation164
A Single Case Propensity Theory of Explanation184
VProbability and Inference
Probability and Objectivity in Deterministic and Indeterministic Situations210
Dynamic Rationality: Propensity, Probability, and Credence224
Probability, Inference, and Decision250
VIThe Problem of Induction
An Encounter with David Hume277
Recent Problems of Induction299
The Justification of Induction316
VIIThe Growth of Scientific Knowledge
Science: Conjectures and Refutations341
Logic of Discovery or Psychology of Research?364
History of Science and Its Rational Reconstructions381
VIIIThe Nature of Scientific Knowledge
Three Views Concerning Human Knowledge421
The Nature of Natural Knowledge441
On Naturalizing Epistemology451
Postscript: The Scientific Attitude and Fallibilism479
For Further Reading493
Index of Names497
Index of Subjects503

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