Introductory Readings in the Philosophy of Science
This popular reader is vastly updated with ten stimulating new selections on the natural and the social sciences; feminism; postmodernism, relativism, and science; confirmation, acceptance, and theory; explanatory unification; and science and values. Retaining the best essays from the previous editions, the editors have added important new pieces to maintain this influential text's relevance for today and tomorrow. Included are new study questions, updated section introductions, revised select bibliographies, and a valuable appendix for instructors with case studies for each section. Included are works by Kurt Baler, Paul Feyerabend, Bas van Frassen, Ronald Giere, Carl G. Hempel, Robert Hollinger, Philip Kitcher, Thomas Kuhn, Sir Karl Popper, Wesley Salmon, Hugh Tomlinson, Stephen Toulmin, John Ziman, and others.
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Preface to the Third Edition
Science and Pseudoscience
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accepted action answer antinaturalism argued argument astrology basic believe Carnap causal ceteris paribus characterization claim concepts counterfactual conditionals course covering law Creationists criteria criterion deductive deductive-nomological discussion distinction economic empirical laws ence epistemic essay Euclidean geometry evidence example exist experience explanandum explanans explanatory fact false geometry given Hempel hermeneutical human behavior hypothesis I-S explanation ical idea important inductive interpretation Karl Popper kind knowledge Kuhn language logical mathematical meaning ment method microeconomic natural sciences Newton's Newtonian nomics notion object particular pattern phenomena philosophy of science phlogiston theory physics planets Popper possible prediction principles problem pseudoscience psychology question rational reason reference refuted relevant requires rules Salmon scientific explanation scientific theory scientists sense Snell's law social sciences society specific statements testable theoretical terms theory choice things tion true truth understand value judgments Wesley Salmon