Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Material Realization of Science

From Habermas to Experimentation and Referential Realism

Authors: Radder, Hans

  • 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
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This book develops a conception of science as a multi-dimensional practice, which includes experimental action and production, conceptual-theoretical interpretation, and formal-mathematical work. On this basis, it addresses the topical issue of scientific realism and expounds a detailed, referentially realist account of the natural sciences. This account is shown to be compatible with the frequent occurrence of conceptual discontinuities in the historical development of the sciences. Referential realism exploits several fruitful ideas of Jürgen Habermas, especially his distinction between objectivity and truth; it builds on a in-depth analysis of scientific experiments, including their material realization; and it is developed through an extensive case study in the history and philosophy of quantum mechanics. The new postscript explains how the book relates to several important issues in recent philosophy of science and science studies.

“I highly recommend this book. Radder is probably the first philosopher of science to make productive epistemological use of the notion of ‘experimental system’. The postscript is most valuable since it connects his work not only to the topical debates in philosophy of science, but also to history of science and science studies.”

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

About the first edition:

“The debate on realism has recently become rather stale by repetition, but Radder introduces original insights and has written a lively and well-argued contribution to it. The book is to be recommended also as a clear introduction to the complex of relevant issues.”

Mary Hesse, University of Cambridge

“Radder presents an ingenious approach to the issue of scientific realism and conceptual discontinuity. I believe his idea that conceptual discontinuity presupposes other types of continuity is extremely important.”

Mark Rowlands, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

 

Hans Radder is professor of philosophy of science and technology at VU University Amsterdam. He is the author of In and About the World and The World Observed/The World Conceived. He edited The Philosophy of Scientific Experimentation and The Commodification of Academic Research: Science and the Modern University, and is coeditor of Science Transformed? Debating Claims of an Epochal Break.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Habermas’s Philosophy of the Natural Sciences

    Radder, Hans

    Pages 3-29

  • Habermas on Objectivity and Truth: Analysis and Critique

    Radder, Hans

    Pages 31-50

  • Experimentation in the Natural Sciences

    Radder, Hans

    Pages 53-71

  • Verifiability and Reference, Relativism and Realism

    Radder, Hans

    Pages 73-111

  • Specification and Application: Two Case Studies from the History and Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics

    Radder, Hans

    Pages 113-154

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Material Realization of Science
Book Subtitle
From Habermas to Experimentation and Referential Realism
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
294
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4107-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4107-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4106-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9651-5
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 208
Topics