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Logical Empiricism and the Physical Sciences From Philosophy of Nature to Philosophy of Physics

Logical Empiricism and the Physical Sciences: From Philosophy of Nature to Philosophy of Physics

1st Edition

Edited By Sebastian Lutz, Adam Tamas Tuboly
April 27, 2021

This volume has two primary aims: to trace the traditions and changes in methods, concepts, and ideas that brought forth the logical empiricists’ philosophy of physics and to present and analyze the logical empiricists’ various and occasionally contrary ideas about the physical sciences and their ...

Science, Freedom, Democracy

Science, Freedom, Democracy

1st Edition

Edited By Péter Hartl, Adam Tamas Tuboly
March 22, 2021

This book addresses the complex relationship between the values of liberal democracy and the values associated with scientific research. The chapters explore how these values mutually reinforce or conflict with one another, in both historical and contemporary contexts. The contributors utilize ...

Scientific Challenges to Common Sense Philosophy

Scientific Challenges to Common Sense Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited By Rik Peels, Jeroen de Ridder, René van Woudenberg
June 15, 2020

Common sense philosophy holds that widely and deeply held beliefs are justified in the absence of defeaters. While this tradition has always had its philosophical detractors who have defended various forms of skepticism or have sought to develop rival epistemological views, recent advances in ...

Structure, Evidence, and Heuristic Evolutionary Biology, Economics, and the Philosophy of Their Relationship

Structure, Evidence, and Heuristic: Evolutionary Biology, Economics, and the Philosophy of Their Relationship

1st Edition

By Armin W. Schulz
May 05, 2020

This book is the first systematic treatment of the philosophy of science underlying evolutionary economics. It does not advocate an evolutionary approach towards economics, but rather assesses the epistemic value of appealing to evolutionary biology in economics more generally. The author divides ...

The Aesthetics of Science Beauty, Imagination and Understanding

The Aesthetics of Science: Beauty, Imagination and Understanding

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Edited By Milena Ivanova, Steven French
January 22, 2020

This volume builds on two recent developments in philosophy on the relationship between art and science: the notion of representation and the role of values in theory choice and the development of scientific theories. Its aim is to address questions regarding scientific creativity and imagination, ...

Understanding Perspectivism Scientific Challenges and Methodological Prospects

Understanding Perspectivism: Scientific Challenges and Methodological Prospects

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Edited By Michela Massimi, Casey D. McCoy
June 11, 2019

This edited collection is the first of its kind to explore the view called perspectivism in philosophy of science. The book brings together an array of essays that reflect on the methodological promises and scientific challenges of perspectivism in a variety of fields such as physics, biology, ...

The Instrument of Science Scientific Anti-Realism Revitalised

The Instrument of Science: Scientific Anti-Realism Revitalised

1st Edition

By Darrell P. Rowbottom
March 18, 2019

Roughly, instrumentalism is the view that science is primarily, and should primarily be, an instrument for furthering our practical ends. It has fallen out of favour because historically influential variants of the view, such as logical positivism, suffered from serious defects. In this book, ...

Essence in the Age of Evolution A New Theory of Natural Kinds

Essence in the Age of Evolution: A New Theory of Natural Kinds

1st Edition

By Christopher J. Austin
September 20, 2018

This book offers a novel defence of a highly contested philosophical position: biological natural kind essentialism. This theory is routinely and explicitly rejected for its purported inability to be explicated in the context of contemporary biological science, and its supposed incompatibility with...

Conceptual Change and the Philosophy of Science Alternative Interpretations of the A Priori

Conceptual Change and the Philosophy of Science: Alternative Interpretations of the A Priori

1st Edition

By David J. Stump
August 14, 2018

In this book, David Stump traces alternative conceptions of the a priori in the philosophy of science and defends a unique position in the current debates over conceptual change and the constitutive elements in science. Stump emphasizes the unique epistemological status of the constitutive elements...

Causation, Evidence, and Inference

Causation, Evidence, and Inference

1st Edition

By Julian Reiss
November 28, 2017

In this book, Reiss argues in favor of a tight fit between evidence, concept and purpose in our causal investigations in the sciences. There is no doubt that the sciences employ a vast array of techniques to address causal questions such as controlled experiments, randomized trials, statistical and...

Conservative Reductionism

Conservative Reductionism

1st Edition

By Michael Esfeld, Christian Sachse
November 28, 2017

Conservative Reductionism sets out a new theory of the relationship between physics and the special sciences within the framework of functionalism. It argues that it is wrong-headed to conceive an opposition between functional and physical properties (or functional and physical descriptions, ...

Models, Simulations, and Representations

Models, Simulations, and Representations

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Humphreys, Cyrille Imbert
November 28, 2017

Although scientific models and simulations differ in numerous ways, they are similar in so far as they are posing essentially philosophical problems about the nature of representation. This collection is designed to bring together some of the best work on the nature of representation being done by ...

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