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Engages the deep philosophical questions concerning scientific realism and it develops a comprehensive perspective on these questions
Acknowledges and exploits the intimate relationship between science and technology
Relates the philosophical issues to broader, social issues, especially through its new postscript and discussion of the early and recent views of Habermas will make the book attractive to a broad international readership, including both analytic and continental philosophers
The book addresses the topical issue of scientific realism and it proposes a detailed account of a referential realism. This account exploits several fruitful ideas of Jürgen Habermas, it builds on an analysis of scientific experimentation, and it is developed through an in-depth case study of the history of quantum mechanics. The Revised edition, with a new postscript situates the book within the recent debates on the issues under discussion.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Jürgen Habermas - history of quantum mechanics - quantum-mechanical measurement problem - referential realism - scientific experimentation
Preface to the Revised English Edition.- Preface to the First English Edition.- Preface to the Dutch Edition.- Introduction.- PART I HABERMAS AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE.- 1 Habermas’s Philosophy of the Natural Sciences.- 2 Analysis and Critique.- PART II EXPERIMENTATION AND REFERENTIAL REALISM.- 3 Experimentation in the Natural Sciences.- 4 Verifiability and Reference, Relativism and Realism.- 5 Specification and Application: Two Case Studies from the History and Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics Conclusion.- References.- POSTSCRIPT 2012.- References to the Postscript.- Index.