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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

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One of the most creative philosophers of the 20th century, Rudolf Carnap presented a series of science lectures at the University of California in 1958. The present volume is an outgrowth of that seminar, which dealt with the philosophical foundations of physics. Edited by Martin Gardner from transcripts of Carnap's classroom lectures and discussions, the book remains one of the clearest and soundest introductions to the philosophy of science.

Specially designed to appeal to a wide range of readers, An Introduction to thePhilosophy of Science offers accessible coverage of such topics as laws and probability, measurement and quantitative language, the structure of space, causality and determinism, theoretical laws and concepts and much more. Stimulating and thought-provoking, the text will be of interest to philosophers, scientists and anyone interested in logical analysis of the concepts, statements and theories of science. Its clear and readable style help make it "the best book available for the intelligent reader who wants to gain some insight into the nature of contemporary philosophy of science" ― Choice. Foreword to the Basic Books Paperback Edition, 1974 (Gardner); Preface (Carnap); Foreword to the Dover Edition (Gardner). 35 black-and-white illustrations. Bibliography.

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An approved transcription of Carnap's celebrated lectures at the U. of California (L.A.) in 1958. These evolved from a seminar at the U. of Chicago.
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Synopsis:

Stimulating, thought-provoking text by one of the 20th century's most creative philosophers makes accessible such topics as probability, measurement and quantitative language, causality and determinism, theoretical laws and concepts, more.

Synopsis:

Noted philosopher's coverage of laws, probability, measurement and quantitative language, structure of space, causality and determinism, much more.

Synopsis:

Stimulating, thought-provoking text by one of the 20th century's most creative philosophers clearly and discerningly makes accessible such topics as probability, measurement and quantitative language, structure of space, causality and determinism, theoretical laws and concepts, and much more.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-295) and index.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Dover Edition

Foreword to the Basic Books paperback edition

Preface

"PART I Laws, Explanation, and Probability"

1 The Value of Laws: Explanation and Prediction

2 Induction and Statistical Probability

3 Induction and Logical Probability

4 The Experimental Method

PART II Measurement and Quantitative Language

5 Three Kinds of Concepts in Science

6 The Measurement of Quantitative Concepts

7 Extensive Magnitudes

8 Time

9 Length

10 Derived Magnitudes and the Quantitative Language

11 Merits of the Quantitative Method

12 The Magic View of Language

PART III The Structure of Space

13 Euclid's Parallel Postulate

14 Non-Euclidean Geometrics

15 Poincaré versus Einstein

16 Space in Relativity Theory

17 Advantages of Non-Euclidean Physical Geometry

18 Kant's Synthetic A Priori

PART IV Causality and Determinism

19 Causality

20 Does Causality Imply Necessity?

21 The Logic of Causal Modalities

22 Determinism and Free Will

PART V Theoretical Laws and Theoretical Concepts

23 Theories and Nonobservables

24 Correspondence Rules

25 How New Empirical Laws Are Derived from Theoretical Laws

26 The Ramsey Sentence

27 Analyticity in an Observation Language

28 Analyticity in a Theoretical Language

PART VI Beyond Determinism

29 Statistical Laws

30 Indeterminism in Quantum Physics

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486283180
Other:
Carnap, Rudolf
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Carnap, Rudolf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Physics -- Philosophy.
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Physics-General
Subject:
History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Dover ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. L337
Publication Date:
19950131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.77 lb

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Stimulating, thought-provoking text by one of the 20th century's most creative philosophers makes accessible such topics as probability, measurement and quantitative language, causality and determinism, theoretical laws and concepts, more.
"Synopsis" by , Noted philosopher's coverage of laws, probability, measurement and quantitative language, structure of space, causality and determinism, much more.

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Stimulating, thought-provoking text by one of the 20th century's most creative philosophers clearly and discerningly makes accessible such topics as probability, measurement and quantitative language, structure of space, causality and determinism, theoretical laws and concepts, and much more.
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