Scientific Evidence: Philosophical Theories and Applications

Scientific Evidence: Philosophical Theories and Applications

by Peter Achinstein
     
 

Physicists think they have discovered the top quark. Biologists believe in evolution. But what precisely constitutes evidence for such claims, and why? Scientists often disagree with one another over whether or to what extent some evidence counts in favor of a theory because they are operating with different concepts of scientific evidence. These concepts need to

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Physicists think they have discovered the top quark. Biologists believe in evolution. But what precisely constitutes evidence for such claims, and why? Scientists often disagree with one another over whether or to what extent some evidence counts in favor of a theory because they are operating with different concepts of scientific evidence. These concepts need to be critically explored. Peter Achinstein has gathered some prominent philosophers and historians of science for critical and lively discussions of both general questions about the meaning of evidence and specific ones about evidence for particular scientific theories.

Contributors: Peter Achinstein, The Johns Hopkins University; Steven Gimbel, Gettysburg College; Gary Hatfield, University of Pennsylvania; Frederick M. Kronz, University of Texas–Austin; Helen Longino, University of Minnesota; Deborah G. Mayo, Virginia Tech; Amy L. McLaughlin, Florida Atlantic University; John Norton, University of Pittsburgh; Lawrence M. Principe, The Johns Hopkins University; Richard Richards, University of Alabama; Alex Rosenberg, Duke University; Sherrilyn Roush, Rice University; Laura J. Snyder, St. Johns University; Kent Staley, St. Louis University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801881183
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Michael Ruse

Leading philosopher of science Peter Achinstein has put together a first-rate collection on the problem of scientific evidence.

Meet the Author

Peter Achinstein is a professor of philosophy at the Johns Hopkins University. His previous books include Science Rules and Concepts of Science, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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