Recent Themes in the Philosophy of Science: Scientific Realism and Commonsense / Edition 1

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This volume brings together ten original, thematically-related papers, written by prominent figures in the philosophy of science in Australasia and elsewhere. The contributed papers are focused on two fundamental issues in contemporary philosophy of science, the status of scientific realism and the relationship between science and commonsense. The contemporary scientific realism debate turns on the viability of the claims that science aims at truth and that we can justifiably believe that science has achieved or approximated this aim. Several papers in the collection constitute original contributions to this debate. Other papers explore what appears to be an increasingly divergent relationship between the scientific and commonsense images of the world. This volume is a valuable resource for all who are interested in and engaged by contemporary philosophy of science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048161072
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/10/2010
  • Series: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Series, #17
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword. Acknowledgements. Introduction: Scientific Realism and Commonsense; T.D. Lyons, S. Clarke. Realism Through Manipulation, and by Hypothesis; R. Nola. Chalmer's Defence of Scientific Realism against Cartwright; S. Clarke. Scientific Realism and the Empirical Nature of Methodology: Bayesians, Error Statisticians, and Statistical Inference; H. Kincaid. Scientific Realism and the Pessimistic Meta-Modus Tollens; T.D. Lyons. Miracle or Mystery? Hypotheses and Predictions in Rankine's Thermodynamics; K. Hutchison. Putnam's No-Miracle Argument: a Critique; M. Ghins. Some Surprising Phenomena and Some Unsatisfactory Explanations of Them; J. Wright. Marks of Irrationality; L. Bortolotti. Implications of Inquiry: a Pragmatist View of the Scientific and Manifest Image; H.C.D.G. De Regt. Human Agency, Realism and the New Essentialism; B. Ellis. Notes on contributors. Index.

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