The Foundations of Scientific Inference: 50th Anniversary Edition

The Foundations of Scientific Inference: 50th Anniversary Edition

by Wesley C. Salmon

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The Foundations of Scientific Inference: 50th Anniversary Edition by Wesley C. Salmon

After its publication in 1967, The Foundations of Scientific Inference taught a generation of students and researchers about the problem of induction, the interpretation of probability, and confirmation theory. Fifty years later, Wesley C. Salmon’s book remains one of the clearest introductions to these fundamental problems in the philosophy of science. With The Foundations of Scientific Inference, Salmon presented a coherent vision of the nature of scientific reasoning, explored the philosophical underpinnings of scientific investigation, and introduced readers to key movements in epistemology and to leading philosophers of the twentieth century—such as Karl Popper, Rudolf Carnap, and Hans Reichenbach—offering a critical assessment and developing his own distinctive views on topics that are still of central importance today.
            This anniversary edition of Salmon’s foundational work in the philosophy of science features a detailed introduction by Christopher Hitchcock, which examines the book’s origins, influences, and major themes, its impact and enduring effects, the disputes it raised, and its place in current studies, revisiting Salmon’s ideas for a new audience of philosophers, historians, scientists, and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822982944
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Wesley C. Salmon (1925–2001) was University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, past president of the Philosophy of Science Association, and the author of numerous books, including Four Decades of Scientific Explanation; Space, Time, and Motion: A Philosophical Introduction; and Scientific Explanation and the Causal Structure of the World.

Table of Contents

Contents Introductory Essay, by Christopher Hitchcock Introduction I. The Problem with Induction II. Attempted Solutions III. Significance of the Problem IV. The Philosophical Problem of Probability V. Interpretations of Probability VI. Inferring Relative Frequencies VII. The Confirmation of Scientific Hypotheses Conclusion Notes Addendum Index

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