Science and Philosophy

The Process of Science

Contemporary Philosophical Approaches to Understanding Scientific Practice

Editors: Nersessian, Nancy (Ed.)

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For some time now the philosophy of science has been undergoing a major transfor­ mation. It began when the 'received view' of scientific knowledge -that developed by logical positivists and their intellectual descendants - was challenged as bearing little resemblance to and having little relevance for the understanding of real science. Subsequently, an overwhelming amount of criticism has been added. One would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would support the 'received view' today. Yet, in the search for a new analysis of scientific knowledge, this view continues to exert influence over the tenor of much of present-day philosophy of science; in particular, over its problems and its methods of analysis. There has, however, emerged an area within the discipline - called by some the 'new philosophy of science' - that has been engaged in transforming the problems and methods of philosophy of science. While there is far from a consensus of beliefs in this area, most of the following contentions would be affirmed by those working in it: - that science is an open-ended, on-going activity, whose character has changed significantly during its history - that science is not a monolithic enterprise - that good science can lead to false theories - that science has its roots in everyday circumstances, needs, methods, concepts, etc.

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` .. this volume will make a significant contribution to a more adequate understanding of the "nature of scientific knowledge and inquiry" '
ISIS Vol.79,No.1,1988

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Method in the Philosophy of Science and Epistemology

    Shapere, Dudley

    Pages 1-39

  • ’Twixt Method and Madness

    Nickles, Thomas

    Pages 41-67

  • Historical Realism and Contextual Objectivity: A Developing Perspective in the Philosophy of Science

    Grene, Marjorie

    Pages 69-81

  • Research Problems and the Understanding of Science

    Berkson, William

    Pages 83-93

  • Twenty Years After

    Agassi, Joseph

    Pages 95-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Process of Science
Book Subtitle
Contemporary Philosophical Approaches to Understanding Scientific Practice
Editors
  • Nancy Nersessian
Series Title
Science and Philosophy
Series Volume
3
Copyright
1987
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-3519-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-3519-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-247-3425-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8072-9
Series ISSN
0924-4697
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 221
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