Computational Philosophy of Science

Computational Philosophy of Science

by Paul Thagard
ISBN-10:
0262700484
ISBN-13:
9780262700481
Pub. Date:
03/02/1993
Publisher:
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

Preface
Acknowledgments
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
References
Index

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"The writing reflects an enviable clarity of thought and economy of expression.

Thagard has a remarkable ability to reduce complicated philosophical positions to their essential simplicity and state them in clear, flowing arguments....To say that I liked this book would be an egregious understatement. Indeed, I read it twice and enthusiastically underlined nearly half of it in the process.... The must-read book of the year." J. M. Artz, Computing Reviews

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The writing reflects an enviable clarity of thought and economy of expression. Thagard has a remarkable ability to reduce complicated philosophical positions to their essential simplicity and state them in clear, flowing arguments.... To say that I liked this book would be an egregious understatement.

Indeed, I read it twice and enthusiastically underlined nearly half of it in the process.... The must-read book of the year.

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