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Scientific Realism How Science Tracks Truth

Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth

1st Edition

By Stathis Psillos
December 02, 1999

Scientific realism is the optimistic view that modern science is on the right track: that the world really is the way our best scientific theories describe it . In his book, Stathis Psillos gives us a detailed and comprehensive study which restores the intuitive plausibility of scientific realism. ...

Is Science Value Free? Values and Scientific Understanding

Is Science Value Free?: Values and Scientific Understanding

1st Edition

By Hugh Lacey
July 02, 2004

Exploring the role of values in scientific inquiry, Hugh Lacey examines the nature and meaning of values, and looks at challenges to the view, posed by postmodernists, feminists, radical ecologists, Third-World advocates and religious fundamentalists, that science is value free. He also focuses on ...

Psychologism The Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge

Psychologism: The Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge

1st Edition

By Martin Kusch
September 22, 1995

First published in 1995. When did psychology become a distinct discipline? What links the continental and analytic traditions in philosophy? Answers to both questions are found in this extraordinary account of the debate surrounding psychologism in Germany at the turn of the century. The trajectory...

Evil or Ill? Justifying the Insanity Defence

Evil or Ill?: Justifying the Insanity Defence

1st Edition

By Lawrie Reznek
November 06, 1997

Lawrie Reznek addresses these questions and more in his controversial investigation of the insanity defense in Evil or Ill? Drawing from countless intriguing case examples, he aims to understand the concept of an excuse, and explains why the law excuses certain actions and not others. In his easily...

Real History Reflections on Historical Practice

Real History: Reflections on Historical Practice

1st Edition

By Martin Bunzl
November 06, 1997

In Real History, Martin Bunzl brilliantly succeeds in bringing together two schools of thought at the forefront of the philosophy of history: that of realism and objectivity. He shows us how the realism debate is inhabited by philosophers, whereas the objectivity argument lies in the hands of ...

Colour Vision A study in cognitive science and the philosophy of perception

Colour Vision: A study in cognitive science and the philosophy of perception

1st Edition

By Evan Thompson
March 10, 1995

Colour fascinates all of us, and scientists and philosophers have sought to understand the true nature of colour vision for many years. In recent times, investigations into colour vision have been one of the main success stories of cognitive science, for each discipline within the field - ...

Smoke and Mirrors How Science Reflects Reality

Smoke and Mirrors: How Science Reflects Reality

1st Edition

By James Robert Brown
March 15, 1994

Realism is an enlightening story, a tale which enriches our experience and makes it more intelligible. Yet this wonderful picture of humanity's best efforts at knowledge has been badly bruised by numerous critics. James Robert Brown in Smoke and Mirrors fights back against figures such as Richard ...

Brute Science Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation

Brute Science: Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation

1st Edition

By Hugh LaFollette, Niall Shanks
January 27, 1997

Brute Science investigates whether biomedical research using animals is, in fact, scientifically justified. Hugh LaFollette and Niall Shanks examine the issues in scientific terms using the models that scientists themselves use. They argue that we need to reassess our use of animals and, indeed, ...

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