9781573922401

Introductory Readings in the Philosophy of Science

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    9781573922401

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    1573922404

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1998-11-01
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books

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Summary

This popular reader has been vastly updated with ten stimulating new selections on the natural and the social sciences: feminism; postmodernism, relativism, and science; confirmation, acceptance, and theory; explanatory unification; and science and values. Retaining the best essays from the previous editions, the editors have added important new pieces to maintain this influential text's relevance.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition 9(2)
Preface to the Revised Edition 11(2)
Preface to the First Edition 13(2)
Acknowledgments 15(4)
Introduction: What Is Philosophy of Science? 19(10)
PART 1. SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE 29(76)
Introduction 29(9)
1. Science: Conjectures and Refutations
38(10)
Sir Karl Popper
2. What Is Science?
48(6)
John Ziman
3. How to Defend Society against Science
54(12)
Paul Feyerabend
4. Why Astrology Is a Pseudoscience
66(10)
Paul R. Thagard
5. Believing Where We Cannot Prove
76(23)
Philip Kitcher
Case Study for Part 1
99(1)
Study Questions for Part 1
100(1)
Selected Bibliography
101(4)
PART 2. THE NATURAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 105(92)
Introduction 105(5)
6. Interpretation and the Sciences of Man
110(18)
Charles Taylor
7. The Natural and the Human Sciences
128(7)
Thomas S. Kuhn
8. Are the Social Sciences Really Inferior?
135(19)
Fritz Machlup
9. If Economics Isn't Science, What Is It?
154(17)
Alexander Rosenberg
10. What Would an Adequate Philosophy of Social Science Look Like?
171(19)
Brian Fay
J. Donald Moon
Case Study for Part 2
190(1)
Study Questions for Part 2
191(1)
Selected Bibliography
192(5)
PART 3. EXPLANATION AND LAW 197(112)
Introduction 197(9)
11. Studies in the Logic of Explanation
206(19)
Carl G. Hempel
12. Laws and Conditional Statements
225(8)
Karel Lambert
Gordon Britten
13. The Truth Doesn't Explain Much
233(8)
Nancy Cartwright
14. Scientific Explanation: How We Got from There to Here
241(23)
Wesley Salmon
15. The Pragmatics of Explanation
264(14)
Bas C. van Fraassen
16. Explanatory Unification
278(24)
Philip Kitcher
Case Study for Part 3
302(1)
Study Questions for Part 3
302(2)
Selected Bibliography
304(5)
PART 4. THEORY AND OBSERVATION 309(88)
Introduction 309(7)
17. The Nature of Theories
316(17)
Rudolf Carnap
18. What Theories Are Not
333(6)
Hilary Putnam
19. Observation
339(13)
N. R. Hanson
20. Science and the Physical World
352(6)
W. T. Stace
21. Do Sub-Microscopic Entities Exist?
358(5)
Stephen Toulmin
22. The Ontological Status of Theoretical Entities
363(11)
Grover Maxwell
23. Is There a Significant Observational-Theoretical Distinction?
374(17)
Carl A. Matheson
A. David Kline
Case Study for Part 4
391(1)
Study Questions for Part 4
391(1)
Selected Bibliography
392(5)
PART 5. CONFIRMATION AND ACCEPTANCE 397(84)
Introduction 397(7)
24. Hypothesis
404(11)
W. V. Quine
J. S. Ullian
25. Justifying Scientific Theories
415(20)
Ronald Giere
26. Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice
435(16)
Thomas S. Kuhn
27. Scientific Rationality: Analytic vs. Pragmatic Perspectives
451(14)
Carl G. Hempel
28. The Variety of Reasons for the Acceptance of Scientific Theories
465(11)
Philipp G. Frank
Case Study for Part 5
476(1)
Study Questions for Part 5
476(1)
Selected Bibliography
477(4)
PART 6. SCIENCE AND VALUES 481(88)
Introduction 481(11)
29. The Scientist Qua Scientist Makes Value Judgments
492(7)
Richard Rudner
30. Science and Human Values
499(16)
Carl G. Hempel
31. Values in Science
515(24)
Ernan McMullin
32. From Weber to Habermas
539(11)
Robert Hollinger
33. The Feminist Question in the Philosophy of Science
550(15)
Ronald Giere
Case Study for Part 6
565(1)
Study Questions for Part 6
565(1)
Selected Bibliography
566(3)
APPENDIX Advice for Instructors 569

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