The Philosophy of Carl G. Hempel: Studies in Science, Explanation, and Rationality

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Editor James Fetzer presents an analytical and historical introduction and a comprehensive bibliography together with selections of many of Carl G. Hempel's most important studies to give students and scholars an ideal opportunity to appreciate the enduring contributions of one of the most influential philosophers of science of the 20th century.
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Overview

Editor James Fetzer presents an analytical and historical introduction and a comprehensive bibliography together with selections of many of Carl G. Hempel's most important studies to give students and scholars an ideal opportunity to appreciate the enduring contributions of one of the most influential philosophers of science of the 20th century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195141580
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Part I Cognitive Significance
1. On the Nature of Mathematical Truth 3
2. Geometry and Empirical Science 18
3. Recent Problems of Induction 29
4. On the Structure of Scientific Theories 49
Part II Explanation and Prediction
5. Explanation and Prediction by Covering Laws 69
6. Deductive-Nomological versus Statistical Explanation 87
7. Maximal Specificity and Lawlikeness in Probabilistic Explanation 146
8. Postscript 1976: More Recent Ideas on the Problem of Statistical Explanation 165
Part III Scientific Theories
9. Reduction: Ontological and Linguistic Facets 189
10. The Meaning of Theoretical Terms: A Critique of the Standard Empiricist Construal 208
11. On the "Standard Conception" of Scientific Theories 218
12. Limits of a Deductive Construal of the Function of Scientific Theories 237
Part IV Explanations of Behavior
13. Logical Positivism and the Social Sciences 253
14. Explanation in Science and in History 276
15. Reasons and Covering Laws in Historical Explanation 297
16. Rational Action 311
Part V Scientific Rationality
17. Science Unlimited? 329
18. Turns in the Evolution of the Problem of Induction 344
19. Scientific Rationality: Normative versus Descriptive Construals 357
20. Valuation and Objectivity in Science 372
A Bibliography of Carl G. Hempel 397
Index of Names 405
Index of Subjects 409
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