Science and Relativism: Some Key Controversies in the Philosophy of Science

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 15, 1990 - Philosophy - 180 pages
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In recent years, many members of the intellectual community have embraced a radical relativism regarding knowledge in general and scientific knowledge in particular, holding that Kuhn, Quine, and Feyerabend have knocked the traditional picture of scientific knowledge into a cocked hat. Is philosophy of science, or mistaken impressions of it, responsible for the rise of relativism? In this book, Laudan offers a trenchant, wide-ranging critique of cognitive relativism and a thorough introduction to major issues in the philosophy of knowledge.
  

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Contents

Theoryladenness and Underdetermination
33
Holism
69
Standards of Success
93
Incommensurability
121
Interests and the Social Determinants of Belief
146
References
171
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Larry Laudan is professor and chairman in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii. Among his books are Progress and Its Problems, Science, and Values, and Science and Hypothesis.

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