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The Nature of Scientific Knowledge: An Explanatory Approach

The Nature of Scientific Knowledge: An Explanatory Approach

by Kevin McCain


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319334035
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2016
Series: Springer Undergraduate Texts in Philosophy
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 277
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kevin McCain is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research focuses on issues in epistemology and philosophy of science—particularly where these areas intersect. In addition to numerous journal articles, he has published a research monograph on the nature of epistemic justification, Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification. He is also currently co-editing (with Ted Poston) a volume on inference to the best explanation and a volume on philosophical skepticism.

Table of Contents

Preface.- The Importance of Understanding the Nature of Scientific Knowledge.- Part I:General Features of Knowledge.- The Traditional Account of Knowledge.- Belief.- Truth.- Justification.- Evidence.- Basing a Belief on the Evidence.- A Problem for the Traditional Account of Knowledge.- Part II: Knowledge of Scientific Claims.- Explanation and Understanding.- From Explanation to Knowledge.- Part III: Challenges to Scientific Knowledge.- Skepticism about the External World.- Skepticism about Induction.- Empirical Evidence of Irrationality.- Anti-Realism about Science.- Part IV: Social Dimensions of Scientific Knowledge.- Gaining Scientific Knowledge from Others.- Knowledge in a Scientific Community.- Looking Back and Looking Forward.- Notes.- References.- Index.

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