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A Companion to the Philosophy of Science (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

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Unmatched in the quality of its world-renowned contributors, A Companion to the Philosophy of Science serves as both a course text and a reference book across the broad spectrum of issues of concern in the philosophy of science.

Taken as a whole, the volume provides an unparalleled survey of all the topical areas, major methods, and stances in the philosophy of science. With entries on important figures in the history of the philosophy of science, as well as a comprehensive account of areas of contemporary interest, this Companion is the most authoritative resource guide available in the philosophy of science.

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This reference guide comprises a survey of all the topical areas, major methods and stances in the philosophy of science. The book contains entries on important figures in the history of the philosophy of science and a comprehensive account of areas of contemporary interest.

Synopsis:

Unmatched in the quality of its world-renowned contributors, this companion serves as both a course text and a reference book across the broad spectrum of issues of concern to the philosophy of science.

About the Author

W.H. Newton-Smith is Fairfax Fellow and CUF Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford. He is an expert in the fields of philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and logic, and has written several books and articles among which are Modeling the Mind (1990), The Rationality of Science (1991) and Popper in China (1992). Among the many universities around the world at which he has taught are the University of Malaya, the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, Wuhan University in China, Aarhus University in Denmark, Boconni University in Milan and Toronto, Trent, St Francis Xavier, and Queen's Universities in Canada.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

Preface.

List of Logical Symbols.

Introduction.

1. Axiomatization (Frederick Suppe).

2. Berkeley (M. Hughes).

3. Biology (Paul Thompson).

4. Bohr (Dugald Murdoch).

5. Causation (Paul Humphreys).

6. Cognitive Approaches to Science (Ronald N. Giere).

7. Computing (Leslie Burkholder).

8. Confirmation, Paradoxes of (J.D. Trout).

9. Convention, Role of (Lawrence Sklar).

10. Craig's Theorem (Frederick Suppe).

11. Darwin (Samir Okasha).

12. Definitions (Frederick Suppe).

13. Descartes (Tom Sorell).

14. Discovery (Thomas Nickles).

15. Dispositions and Powers (Rom Harre).

16. Einstein (Christopher Ray).

17. Evidence and Confirmation (Colin Howson).

18. Experiment (David C. Gooding).

19. Explanation (W. H. Newton-Smith).

20. Feminist Accounts of Science (Kathleen Okruhlik).

21. Feyerabend (John Preston).

22. Galileo (Robert AE. Butts).

23. History, Role in the Philosophy of Science (Brendsan Larvor).

24. Holism (Christopher Hookway).

25. Hume (W. H. Newton-Smith).

26. Idealization (Yemima Ben-Menahem).

27. Incommensurability (Muhammad Ali Khalidi).

28. Induction and the Uniformity of Nature (Colin Howson).

29. Inference to the best Explanation (Peter Lipton).

30. Judgment, Role in Science (Harold I. Brown).

31. Kuhn (Richard Rorty).

32. Lakatos (Thomas Nickles).

33. Laws of Nature (Rom Harre).

34. Leibniz (William Seager).

35. Locke (G.A. J. Rogers).

36. Logical Empiricism (Wesley C. Salmon).

37. Logical Positivism (Christopher Ray).

38. Mathematics, Role in Science (James Robert Brown).

39. Mathematics, Role in Science (James Robert Brown).

40. Measurement (J.D. Ttrout).

41. Metaphor in Science (Eleonora Montuschi).

42. Metaphysics, Role in Science (William Seager).

43. Mill (Geoggrey Scarre).

44. Models and Analogies (Mary Hesse).

45. Naturalism (Ronald N. Giere).

46. Natural Kinds (John Dupre).

47. Newton (Richard S. Westfall).

48. Observation and Theory (Peter Achinstein).

49. Pierce (Cheryl Misak).

50. Physicalism (William Seager).

51. Popper (John Watkins).

52. Pragmatic Factors in Theory Acceptance (John Worrall).

53. Probability (Philip Percival).

54. Qualities, Primary and Secondary (G.A.J. Rogers).

55. Quantum Mechanics (Richard Healey).

56. Quine (Lars Bergstrom).

57. Ramsey Sentences (Frederick Suppe).

58. Realism and Instrumentalism (Jarrett Leplin).

59. Reductionism (John Dupre).

60. Relativism 9James W. Mcallister).

61. Russell (Paul J. Hager).

62. Scientific Methodology (Gary Gutting).

63. Scientific Methodology (Gary Gutting).

64. Simplicity (Elliott Sober).

65. Social Factors in Science (James Robert Brown).

66. Social Science, Philosophy of (Alex Rosenberg).

67. Space, Time, and Relativity (Lawrence4 Sklar).

68. Statistical Explanation (Christopher Read Hitchock and Wesley C. Salmon).

69. Superveneince and Determination (William Seager).

70. Technology, Philosophy of (Mary Tiles).

71. Teleological Explanation (Andrew Woodfield).

72. Theoretical Terms: Meaning and Reference A(Philip Percival).

73. Theories (Ronald N. Giere).

74. Theory Identity (Frederick Suppe).

75. Thought Experiments (James Robert Brown).

76. Underdetermination of theory by Data (W.H. Newton-Smith).

77. Unification of Theories (James W. Mcallister).

78. The Unity of Science (C.A. Hooker).

79. Values in Science (Ernan McMullin).

80. Verisimilitude (Chris Brink).

81. Whewell (John Wettersten).

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631230205
Editor:
Newton-Smith, William H.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Editor:
Newton-Smith, William H.
Editor:
Newton-Smith, W. H.
Author:
Newton-Smith, W. H.
Author:
Newton, William H.
Author:
Newton-Smith
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL eMRW (including BRO)
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
Series Volume:
22
Publication Date:
August 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
596
Dimensions:
248 x 174 x 43.7 mm 36 oz

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