What Is This Thing Called Science? / Edition 3

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Overview

This new edition of Chalmers's highly regarded and widely read work-translated into fifteen languages-is extensively rewritten and reorganized, reflecting the experience of the author, his colleagues, and correspondents in twenty years of teaching from the previous edition. Significant additions are new chapters on the Bayesian approach to science, the new experimentalism, the nature of scientific laws, and the realism/anti-realism debate. An ideal introduction to scientific method, Chalmers's work is both accessible to beginners and a valuable resource for advanced students and scholars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872204539
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200

Table of Contents

Prefaces

Introduction

 1.  Science and Knowledge Derived from the Facts of Experience

 2.  Observation as Practical Intervention

 3.  Experiment

 4.  Deriving Facts from Theories: Induction

 5.  Introducing Falsificationism

 6.  Sophisticated Falsificationism; Novel Predictions and the Growth of Knowledge

 7.  The Limitations of Falsificationism

 8.  Theories as Structures I: Kuhn's Paradigms

 9.  Theories as Structures II: Research Programs

10. Feyerabend's Anarchistic Theory of Science

11. Methodical Changes in Method

12. The Bayesian Approach

13. The New Experimentalism

14. Why Should the World Obey Laws?

15. Realism and Antirealism

Bibliography

Index

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