Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Rationality and Reality

Conversations with Alan Musgrave

Editors: Cheyne, Colin, Worrall, John (Eds.)

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Alan Musgrave has consistently defended two positions that he regards as commonsensical – critical realism and critical rationalism. In defence of critcal realism he argues for the objective existence of the external world as opposed to idealism, as well as arguing for scientific realism against all anti-realist accounts of science. His critical rationalism is drawn from the work of Karl Popper and stands opposed to inductivist and irrationalist methodologies. In defence of these positions, Musgrave’s writings have covered a wide range of topics in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, history of science, theories of truth, and economic theory. In this volume a group of internationally-renowned authors discuss themes that are relevant in one way or another to Musgrave’s work. This is not intended as a standard celebratory festschrift but rather as a new examination of topics of current interest in philosophy. The contributory essays are followed by responses from Alan Musgrave himself.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Colin Cheyne

    Pages 1-6

  • Theory-Confirmation and History

    John Worrall

    Pages 31-61

  • The Metaphysics of Realism and Structural Realism

    Professor Robert Nola

    Pages 183-223

  • Scientific Realism and Mathematical Nominalism: A Marriage Made in Hell

    Professor Mark Colyvan

    Pages 225-237

  • Historiography as a Hypothetico-Deductive Science: A Criticism of Methodological Historism

    Professor Emeritus Hans Albert

    Pages 263-272

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rationality and Reality
Book Subtitle
Conversations with Alan Musgrave
Editors
  • Colin Cheyne
  • John Worrall
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
20
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4207-2
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4207-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4206-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7072-2
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 326
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