After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method

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Robert Nola, H. Sankey
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 30, 2001 - History - 257 pages
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Some think that issues to do with scientific method are last century's stale debate; Popper was an advocate of methodology, but Kuhn, Feyerabend, and others are alleged to have brought the debate about its status to an end. The papers in this volume show that issues in methodology are still very much alive. Some of the papers reinvestigate issues in the debate over methodology, while others set out new ways in which the debate has developed in the last decade. The book will be of interest to philosophers and scientists alike in the reassessment it provides of earlier debates about method and current directions of research.
 

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Contents

A SELECTIVE SURVEY OF THEORIES OF SCIENTIFIC METHOD
1
HOW WE KNOW ABOUT ELECTRONS
67
THE RATIONALITY OF THE CHEMICAL REVOLUTION
99
HOW REVOLUTIONARY IS KUHNS ACCOUNT OF THEORETICAL CHANGE?
125
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE OR WHAT IS INDUCTIVISM AND WHY IS IT OFF THE AGENDA?
153
IS EPISTEMOLOGY ADEQUATE TO THE TASK OF RATIONAL THEORY EVALUATION?
165
NATURALISM LOGICIZED
177
METHODOLOGICAL PLURALISM NORMATIVE NATURALISM AND THE REALIST AIM OF SCIENCE
211
IDEALISATION AND COMMENSURABILITY
231
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
251
INDEX OF NAMES
253
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Robert Nola is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland and the author of Rescuing Reason.

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