Language and Scientific Research

Editors: Gonzalez, Wenceslao J. (Ed.)

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  • Provides a comprehensive exploration of the semantics of science
  • Covers both basic scientific research and the development of applied science 
  • Argues that language affects the structure and dynamics of science and is therefore not a mere expressive instrumental sign
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This book analyzes the role of language in scientific research and develops the semantics of science from different angles. The philosophical investigation of the volume is divided into four parts, which covers both basic science and applied science: I) The Problem of Reference and Potentialities of the Language in Science; II) Language and Change in Scientific Research: Evolution and Historicity; III) Scientific Language in the Context of Truth and Fiction; and IV) Language in Mathematics and in Empirical Sciences.

Language plays a key role in science: our access to the theoretical, practical or evaluative dimensions of scientific activity begins with the mastery of language, continues with a deepening in the use of language and reaches the level of contribution when it creates new terms or changes them in sense and reference. This reveals the compatibility between objectivity in semantic contents and historicity in the progress of science. This volume is a valuable enrichment to students, academics and other professionals interested in science in all its forms, who seek to deepen the role that language plays in its structure and dynamics.



About the authors

Wenceslao J. Gonzalez is Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of A Coruña, Spain. He is a Full Member of the Académie International de Philosophie des Sciences and a Fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • The Relevance of Language for Scientific Research

    Pages 1-37

    Gonzalez, Wenceslao J.

  • Semantics of Science and Theory of Reference: An Analysis of the Role of Language in Basic Science and Applied Science

    Pages 41-91

    Gonzalez, Wenceslao J.

  • On the Role of Language in Scientific Research: Language as Analytic, Expressive, and Explanatory Tool

    Pages 93-117

    Kvasz, Ladislav

  • Scientific Inquiry and the Evolution of Language

    Pages 121-147

    Barrett, Jeffrey

  • Language, History and the Making of Accurate Observations

    Pages 149-168

    Brenner, Anastasios

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language and Scientific Research
Editors
  • Wenceslao J. Gonzalez
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-60537-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-60537-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-60536-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 285
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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