Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science

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Robert Klee
Oxford University Press, 1999 - Science - 352 pages
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Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science features an impressive collection of classical and contemporary readings on a wide range of issues in the philosophy of science. The volume is organized into six sections, each with its own introduction, and includes a general introduction that situates the philosophy of science in relation to other areas of intellectual inquiry. The selections focus on the main issues in the field, including the structure of scientific theories, models of scientific explanation, reductionism, historicist challenges to the objectivity of science, and the dispute over the ontological interpretation of mature scientific theories. Both the positivist model of science and its competitors, including contemporary social constructivist models, are included. Ideal for introductory philosophy of science courses, Scientific Inquiry strives to provide students and other readers with a thorough knowledge of the philosophical complexity of modern science and an appreciation of its authoritative intellectual standing in contemporary life.

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Contents

Part I The Positivist Model of Scientific Theories and Its Problems
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Problems with the ObservationalTheoretical Distinction
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A Defense of the ObservationalTheoretical Distinction
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Robert Klee is at Ithaca College.

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