Analysis and Interpretation in the Exact Sciences: Essays in Honour of William Demopoulos

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Melanie Frappier, Derek Brown, Robert DiSalle
Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 24, 2012 - Science - 268 pages
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The essays in this volume concern the points of intersection between analytic philosophy and the philosophy of the exact sciences. More precisely, it concern connections between knowledge in mathematics and the exact sciences, on the one hand, and the conceptual foundations of knowledge in general. Its guiding idea is that, in contemporary philosophy of science, there are profound problems of theoretical interpretation-- problems that transcend both the methodological concerns of general philosophy of science, and the technical concerns of philosophers of particular sciences. A fruitful approach to these problems combines the study of scientific detail with the kind of conceptual analysis that is characteristic of the modern analytic tradition. Such an approach is shared by these contributors: some primarily known as analytic philosophers, some as philosophers of science, but all deeply aware that the problems of analysis and interpretation link these fields together.
 

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Contents

1 Analysis and Interpretation in the Philosophy of Modern Physics
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Part I Perception Language and Realism
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Part II Foundations of Mathematics
115
Part III Foundations of Physics
176
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