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Foundations of Philosophy of Science: Recent Developments

Foundations of Philosophy of Science: Recent Developments
ISBN
1557784809
Weight
2.00 lbs
Cover
Paper

Pages
512

Size
6x9

Date Available
1999/11/30


Index , Bibliography
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Twenty-five classic and contemporary articles by Rudolf Carnap, Karl Popper, Carl Hempel, Wesley Salmon and many others provide accessible and stimulating reading in this growing field.

Organized to correspond to the companion volume, Philosophy of Science, these papers investigate the methods and goals of empirical science and explore connections between the history and philosophy of science. Review questions and an extensive bibliography make Foundations of Philosophy of Science useful as both a supplemental and independent text for courses in philosophy and the social sciences.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
Acknowledgments
General Introduction

I. THE LANGUAGE FRAMEWORK
Introduction
CARL G. HEMPEL Principles of Definition
RUDOLF CARNAP Logical Analysis of Language
W.V.O. QUINE Two Dogmas of Empiricism

II. LAWS AND LAWLIKENESS
Introduction
NELSON GOODMAN The Problem of Counterfactual Conditionals
BRIAN SKYRMS The Goodman Paradox and the New Riddle of Induction
KARL R. POPPER Universals, Dispositions, and Natural or Physical Necessity

III. THE STRUCTURE OF THEORIES
Introduction
RUDOLF CARNAP Theories and Nonobservables
FREDERICK SUPPE What’s Wrong with the Received View on the Structure of Scientific
Theories?
CARL G. HEMPEL Provisoes: A Problem Concerning the Inferential Function of Scientific
Theories

IV. EXPLANATION AND PREDICTION
Introduction
CARL G. HEMPEL Explanation in Science and in History
WESLEY C. SALMON Statistical Explanation
JAMES H. FETZER A Single Case Propensity Theory of Explanation

V. PROBABILITY AND INFERENCE
Introduction
JAMES H. FETZER Probability and Objectivity in Deterministic and Indeterministic Situations
WESLEY C. SALMON Dynamic Rationality: Propensity, Probability, and Credence
ELLERY EELLS Probability, Inference, and Decision

VI. THE PROBLEM OF INDUCTION
Introduction
WESLEY C. SALMON An Encounter with David Hume
CARL G. HEMPEL Recent Problems of Induction
JAMES H. FETZER The Justification of Induction

VII. THE GROWTH OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE
Introduction
KARL R. POPPER Science: Conjectures and Refutations
THOMAS S. KUHN Logic of Discovery or Psychology of Research?
IMRE LAKATOS History of Science and Its Rational Reconstructions

VIII. THE NATURE OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE
Introduction
KARL R. POPPER Three Views Concerning Human Knowledge
W.V.O. QUINE The Nature of Natural Knowledge
ROBERT ALMEDER On Naturalizing Epistemology

POSTSCRIPT
Introduction
CHARLES S. PEIRCE The Scientific Attitude and Fallibilism

For Further Reading
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

JAMES H. FETZER is professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. In addition to publishing over seventy articles and reviews, he is the author of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, 2nd edition (1996) and Philosophy of Science (1993), and co-author of the books, The Glossary of Epistemology/Philosophy of Science (with Robert Almeder) and The Glossary of Cognitive Science (with Charles Dunlop), all published by Paragon House.

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