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Philosophy and Scientific Realism

By J J C Smart

© 2009 – Routledge

160 pages

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About the Book

Originally published in 1963. In an introductory chapter the author argues that philosophy ought to be more than the art of clarifying thought and that it should concern itself with outlining a scientifically plausible world view. Early chapters deal with phenomenalism and the reality of theoretical entities, and with the relation between the physical and biological sciences. Free will, issues of time and space and man’s place in nature are covered in later chapters.

Table of Contents

  1. The Province of Philosophy. 2 Physical Objects and Physical Theories. 3 Physics and Biology. 4 The Secondary Qualities. 5 Consciousness. 6 Man as a Physical Mechanism. 7 The Space-Time World. 8 Man and Nature

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: History & Philosophy of Science

History and Philosophy of Science reprints a distinguished selection of important texts published in this field over the last century. This set presents a unique opportunity to gain comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the history and philosophy of science.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / General