Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Characterizing the Robustness of Science

After the Practice Turn in Philosophy of Science

Editors: Soler, L., Trizio, E., Nickles, Th., Wimsatt, W. (Eds.)

  • First comprehensive analysis of the notion of robustness and its implications
  • Contributions by the world’s leading experts in the field
  • Shows the crucial link between the notion of robustness and the practical turn on philosophy of science
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Mature sciences have been long been characterized in terms of the “successfulness”, “reliability” or “trustworthiness” of their theoretical, experimental or technical accomplishments. Today many philosophers of science talk of “robustness”, often without specifying in a precise way the meaning of this term. This lack of clarity is the cause of frequent misunderstandings, since all these notions, and that of robustness in particular, are connected to fundamental issues, which concern nothing less than the very nature of science and its specificity with respect to other human practices, the nature of rationality and of scientific progress; and science’s claim to be a truth-conducive activity. This book offers for the first time a comprehensive analysis of the problem of robustness, and in general, that of the reliability of science, based on several detailed case studies and on philosophical essays inspired by the so-called practical turn in philosophy of science.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Solidity of Scientific Achievements: Structure of the Problem, Difficulties, Philosophical Implications

    Soler, Léna

    Pages 1-60

  • Robustness, Reliability, and Overdetermination (1981)

    Wimsatt, William C.

    Pages 61-87

  • Robustness: Material, and Inferential, in the Natural and Human Sciences

    Wimsatt, William C.

    Pages 89-104

  • Achieving Robustness to Confirm Controversial Hypotheses: A Case Study in Cell Biology

    Trizio, Emiliano

    Pages 105-120

  • Multiple Derivability and the Reliability and Stabilization of Theories

    Nederbragt, Hubertus

    Pages 121-145

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Characterizing the Robustness of Science
Book Subtitle
After the Practice Turn in Philosophy of Science
Editors
  • Léna Soler
  • Emiliano Trizio
  • Thomas Nickles
  • William Wimsatt
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
292
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2759-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2759-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2758-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9643-0
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 374
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