Computational Philosophy of Science

Computational Philosophy of Science

by Paul Thagard
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MIT Press

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Computational Philosophy of Science

By applying research in artificial intelligence to problems in the philosophy of science, Paul Thagard develops an exciting new approach to the study of scientific reasoning. This approach uses computational ideas to shed light on how scientific theories are discovered, evaluated, and used in explanations. Thagard describes a detailed computational model of problem solving and discovery that provides a conceptually rich yet rigorous alternative to accounts of scientific knowledge based on formal logic, and he uses it to illuminate such topics as the nature of concepts, hypothesis formation, analogy, and theory justification.

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ISBN-13: 9780262700481
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/02/1993
Series: Bradford Books Series
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

1 Computation and the Philosophy of Science
2 The Structure of Scientific Knowledge
3 Theories and Explanations
4 Discovery and the Emergence of Meaning
5 Theory Evaluation
6 Against Evolution Epistemology
7 From the Descriptive to the Normative
8 Justification and Truth
9 Pseudoscience
10 The Process of Inquiry: Projects for Computational Philosophy
Appendix 1: Tutorials
Appendix 2: Specification of PI
Appendix 3: Sample Run of PI

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