Science and Relativism: Some Key Controversies in the Philosophy of Science / Edition 1

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Overview

Why have many members of the intellectual community embraced a radical relativism where knowledge in general and scientific knowledge in particular are concerned? Have Kuhn, Quine, and Feyerabend knocked the traditional picture of scientific knowledge into a cocked hat? Is philosophy of science, or mistaken impressions of it, responsible for the rise of relativism? In Science and Relativism, Larry offers a trenchant, wide-ranging critique of cognitive relativism and a thorough introduction to majorissues in the philosophy of knowledge.
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Charles Babbage, considered the founding father of the computer, published widely on theoretical and practical science and social reform. In this book, Anthony Hyman (the acknowledged expert on Babbage's life and work) has selected passages from many publications which reflect his innovative scientific work and his thoughts on such subjects as taxation, abolition of life peerage and the assurance of lives. Addressed to students (both serious and casual) of the philosophy of science, the book--formatted as the a 3-day meeting in which a relativist, a pragmatist, a positivist and a realist (each fictitious) met to discuss relativism, especially with respect to scientific knowledge field, with notes and references. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Larry Laudan is professor and chairman in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii. Among his books are Progress and Its Problems, Science, and Values, and Science and Hypothesis.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Note to the Reader
1. Progress and Cumulativity
2. Theory-ladenness and Underdetermination
3. Holism
4. Standards of Success
5. Incommensurability
6. Interests and the Social Determinants of Belief
References
Index

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