The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective

The Present Situation in the Philosophy of Science

Editors: Stadler, Friedrich (Ed.)

  • Philosophy of science set in a European context
  • Focus on the European tradition in philosophy of science
  • Foundations and methodology of the natural and social sciences
  • A strongly interdisciplinary approach towards philosophy of science
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This volume is a serious attempt to open up the subject of European philosophy of science to real thought, and provide the structural basis for the interdisciplinary development of its specialist fields, but also to provoke reflection on the idea of ‘European philosophy of science’. This efforts should foster a contemporaneous reflection on what might be meant by philosophy of science in Europe and European philosophy of science, and how in fact awareness of it could assist philosophers interpret and motivate their research through a stronger collective identity. The overarching aim is to set the background for a collaborative project organising, systematising, and ultimately forging an identity for, European philosophy of science by creating research structures and developing research networks across Europe to promote its development. As such under the general rubric of ‘the present situation in the philosophy of science’, the emphasis is on as a first step identifying traditions and research structures already present, and the directions in which this research was leading. The European perspective in philosophy of science is the inclusion of the historical roots of current debates and the focus on methodological problems that cross the various sub-disciplines. This historical dimension is complemented by the evident broad scope of European philosophy of science which embodies not only a strong tradition of history and philosophy of science, history of philosophy of science, but also philosophy with respect to the cultural and social sciences as part of (not separate to) the discipline, combined with more traditional philosophical issues and approaches, such as the application of formal methods, the problem of realism, determinism and chance or the natural kinds debate. This consideration of general philosophical questions in science is married to a strong tradition of engaging naturalistically with the particular philosophical issues in individual sciences where there exists a prerogative of being closely schooled in the relevant scientific theory and research context. Additionally, one can refer to particular positions, like ‘structural realism’, as ‘European’, having their origin and their centre of pursuit, and indeed their historical links, in the context of European research.

Table of contents (28 chapters)

  • Some Remarks on Current History of Analytical Philosophy of Science

    Uebel, Thomas

    Pages 13-27

  • History of Philosophy of Science as Philosophy of Science by Other Means?

    Mormann, Thomas

    Pages 29-39

  • Aspects of Current History of Philosophy of Science in the French Tradition

    Chimisso, Cristina

    Pages 41-56

  • Reflections on Chimisso: French Philosophy of Science and the Historical Method

    Brenner, Anastasios

    Pages 57-65

  • Aspects of Current History of 19TH Century Philosophy of Science

    Heidelberger, Michael

    Pages 67-74

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Present Situation in the Philosophy of Science
Editors
  • Friedrich Stadler
Series Title
The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9115-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9115-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9114-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3239-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 325
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