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Scientific Challenges to Common Sense Philosophy

Scientific Challenges to Common Sense Philosophy

1st Edition

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

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science

Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science

1st Edition

William M.R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons, Nicholas J. Teh
October 31, 2017

The last two decades have seen two significant trends emerging within the philosophy of science: the rapid development and focus on the philosophy of the specialised sciences, and a resurgence of Aristotelian metaphysics, much of which is concerned with the possibility of emergence, as well as the ...

Science after the Practice Turn in the Philosophy, History, and Social Studies of Science

Science after the Practice Turn in the Philosophy, History, and Social Studies of Science

1st Edition

Léna Soler, Sjoerd Zwart, Michael Lynch, Vincent Israel-Jost
May 16, 2017

In the 1980s, philosophical, historical and social studies of science underwent a change which later evolved into a turn to practice. Analysts of science were asked to pay attention to scientific practices in meticulous detail and along multiple dimensions, including the material, social and ...

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