Computational Philosophy of Science

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MIT Press, 1993 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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By applying research in artificial intelligence to problems in the philosophy of science, Paul Thagard develops an exciting new approach to the study of scientific reasoning. This approach uses computational ideas to shed light on how scientific theories are discovered, evaluated, and used in explanations. Thagard describes a detailed computational model of problem solving and discovery that provides a conceptually rich yet rigorous alternative to accounts of scientific knowledge based on formal logic, and he uses it to illuminate such topics as the nature of concepts, hypothesis formation, analogy, and theory justification.

  

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Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter
11
Chapter 3
33
Chapter 4
51
Chapter 5
75
S Probability
97
Chapter 7
113
Chapter 8
139
Chapter 9
157
Chapter 10
175
Tutorials
191
Schemas
198
Sample Run of PI
209
References
225
Index
235
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Paul R. Thagard is Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Computer Science, and Director of the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Coherence in Thought and Action (MIT Press, 2000) and Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science (second edition, MIT Press, 2005).

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