Perception, Theory, and Commitment: The New Philosophy of Science

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University of Chicago Press, 1979 - Science - 203 pages
With originality and clarity, Harold Brown outlines first the logical
empiricist tradition and then the more historical and process-oriented
approach he calls the “new philosophy of science.” Examining the two
together, he describes the very transition between them as an example
of the kind of change in historical tradition with which the new
philosophy of science concerns itself.

“I would recommend it to every historian of science and to every
philosopher of science. . . . I found it clear, readable, accurate,
cogent, insightful, perceptive, judicious, and full of original
ideas.”
—Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Isis

“The best and most original aspect of the book is its overall
conception.”
—Thomas S. Kuhn

Harold I. Brown is professor of philosophy at Northern Illinois
University.
 

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Contents

The Origins of Logical Empiricism
15
Logicism
18
the Vienna Circle
21
Logical Empiricism
23
Confirmation
25
Confirmation and Extensional Logic
32
Goodmans Attack on Syntactical Analyses of Confirmation
33
Theoretical Terms
37
Presuppositions
95
Paradigmatic Propositions
101
The Scientists World
107
Scientific Revolutions
111
Conceptual Change
115
Relativity
121
Scientific Revolutions
126
Discovery
129

Reduction Sentences
40
Craigs Theorem
44
Correspondence Rules
46
Explanation
51
Statistical Explanation
58
Explanation and Truth
60
Falsification
67
Strict Falsificationism
68
Basic Statements
71
Toward a New Understanding
76
The New Image of Science
79
Perception and Theory
81
Three Problems
90
Dialectic
132
Scientific Discovery
134
Scientific Change
139
Toward A New Epistemology
145
Scientific Knowledge and Scientific Truth
151
Objectivity
154
Descriptions and Norms
155
Presuppositions and Problems
165
Conclusion
166
Notes
169
Bibliography
191
Index
201
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Harold I. Brown is professor of philosophy at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Observation and Objectivity and Rationality.

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