What Is This Thing Called Science?

Univ. of Queensland Press, 1 Απρ 2013 - 312 σελίδες
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Every ten years, Alan Chalmers draws on his experience as a teacher and researcher to improve and update the text that strives to answer the philosophical question in it’s title: What is This Thing Called Science? Identifying the qualitative difference between knowledge of atoms as it figures in contemporary science and metaphysical speculations about atoms common in philosophy since the time of Democritus proves to be a highly revealing and instructive way to pinpoint key features of the answer to that question. The most significant feature of this fourth edition is the extensive postscript, in which Chalmers uses the results of his recent research on the history of atomism to illustrate and enliven key themes in the philosophy of science. This new edition ensures that the book holds its place as the leading introduction to the philosophy of science for the foreseeable future.

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Preface to the first edition
Observable facts expressed as statements
The production and updating of experimental results
Further problems with inductivism
Falsificationism and progress
Sophisticated falsificationism novel predictions and the growth of science
Inadequacies of the falsificationist demarcation criterion and Poppers response
Kuhns ambivalence on progress through revolutions
Critique of subjective Bayesianism
Deborah Mayo on severe experimental testing
happy meetings of theory and experiment
Thermodynamic and conservation laws
Some standard objections and the antirealist response
Unrepresentative realism or structural realism
Further reading

Problems with Lakatoss methodology
Piecemeal change of theory method and standards
The Bayesian approach
Realism versus antirealism again
Further reading
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Alan Chalmers studied physics at the University of Bristol, received a Master of Science degree at the University of Manchester, and graduated from the University of London with a PhD in history and philosophy of science. He is now an Associate Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney, and was recently elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

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