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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 ...

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

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Edited By 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 ...

Conceptual Systems

Conceptual Systems

1st Edition

By Harold I. Brown
January 20, 2016

New concepts are constantly being introduced into our thinking. Conceptual Systems explores how these new concepts are entered into our systems along with sufficient continuity with older ideas to ensure understanding. The encyclopedic breadth of this text highlights the many different aspects and ...

Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and Its Implications

Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and Its Implications

1st Edition

Edited By Bana Bashour, Hans D. Muller
September 03, 2015

One of the most pervasive and persistent questions in philosophy is the relationship between the natural sciences and traditional philosophical categories such as metaphysics, epistemology and the mind. Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and Its Implications is a unique and valuable contribution...

Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited

Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited

1st Edition

Edited By Vasso Kindi, Theodore Arabatzis
June 23, 2015

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Up until recently, the book’s philosophical reception has been shaped, for the most part, by the debates and the climate in philosophy of science in the 1960s and 1970s; this new...

Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and the Arts

Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and the Arts

1st Edition

Edited By Melanie Frappier, Letitia Meynell, James Robert Brown
June 23, 2015

From Lucretius throwing a spear beyond the boundary of the universe to Einstein racing against a beam of light, thought experiments stand as a fascinating challenge to the necessity of data in the empirical sciences. Are these experiments, conducted uniquely in our imagination, simply rhetorical ...

Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge

Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge

1st Edition

By James Robert Brown
July 03, 2014

This study addresses a central theme in current philosophy: Platonism vs Naturalism and provides accounts of both approaches to mathematics, crucially discussing Quine, Maddy, Kitcher, Lakoff, Colyvan, and many others. Beginning with accounts of both approaches, Brown defends Platonism by arguing ...

Popper’s Critical Rationalism A Philosophical Investigation

Popper’s Critical Rationalism: A Philosophical Investigation

1st Edition

By Darrell Rowbottom
May 23, 2013

Popper’s Critical Rationalism presents Popper’s views on science, knowledge, and inquiry, and examines the significance and tenability of these in light of recent developments in philosophy of science, philosophy of probability, and epistemology. It develops a fresh and novel philosophical position...

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