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Knowledge and Reference in Empirical Science is a fascinating study of the bounds between science and language: In what sense does science provide knowledge? Is it to be taken literally? Is science an instrument only distantly related to what's real? Does the language of science adequately describe the truth? Jody Azzouni approaches these questions through an analysis of the "reference" of kind terms. He investigates the technology of science--the actual forging and exploiting of causal links--and shows how this technology allows for knowledge-gathering, why scientific lore must be regarded as true, and in what ways our access to the universe is anchored in observation. The book then explores the language of science and shows how this flexible tool enables us to transform our fragmented investigations of the world into a unitary and seamless discourse.
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Haunting the bounds between science and language, Azzouni (philosophy, Tufts U.) explores in what sense science provides knowledge; whether it is to be taken literally; whether it is an instrument only distantly related to reality; and whether the language of science can be used to describe the truth adequately. He begins by investigating the technology of science as actually forging and exploiting causal links between people and what they endeavor to refer to and know. He challenges notions that scientific laws can be at best only approximate and at worst wrong. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This work is like a breath of fresh air. It is a very original, cogently argued study of the differences between what we do and what we say, as that difference bears on crucial isues in the philosophy of science, mathematics, language, as well as epistemology and metaphysics. The unity of view that is achieved across these philosophical areas is truly impressive." - Arnold Koslow, CUNY, USA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415223836
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: International Library of Philosophy Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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