The Logic of Discovery: A Theory of the Rationality of Scientific Research / Edition 1

The Logic of Discovery: A Theory of the Rationality of Scientific Research / Edition 1

by S. Kleiner
     
 

ISBN-10: 9048142970

ISBN-13: 9789048142972

Pub. Date: 12/07/2010

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

Scientific research is viewed as a deliberate activity and the logic of discovery consists of strategies and arguments whereby the best objectives (questions) and optimal means for achieving these objectives (heuristics) are chosen. This book includes a discussion and some proposals regarding the way the logic of questions can be applied to understanding scientific…  See more details below

Overview

Scientific research is viewed as a deliberate activity and the logic of discovery consists of strategies and arguments whereby the best objectives (questions) and optimal means for achieving these objectives (heuristics) are chosen. This book includes a discussion and some proposals regarding the way the logic of questions can be applied to understanding scientific research and draws upon work in artificial intelligence in a discussion of heuristics and methods for appraising heuristics (metaheuristics). It also includes a discussion of a third source for scientific objectives and heuristics; episodes and examplars from the history of science and the history of philosophy.
This book is written to be accessible to advanced students in philosophy and to the scientific community. It is of interest to philosophers of science, philosophers of biology, historians of physics, and historians of biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789048142972
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Series:
Synthese Library Series, #231
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1993
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Scientific Inquiry. 3. Erotetic Logic and Scientific Questions. 4. A Methodology for Problem Choice. 5. The Pursuit of Questions. 6. The Heuristic Character of Traditional Scientific Methods. 7. Summary and Conclusions. References. Index.

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