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Perception and Discovery

An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry

Authors: Hanson, Norwood Russell

Editors: Lund, Matthew D. (Ed.)

  • ​Provides a masterful presentation of the empirical background for observation
  • Offers an intimate access to Hanson’s famously engaging lectures and originality
  • Presents Hanson’s most complete and clear treatment of observation 
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Norwood Russell Hanson was one of the most important philosophers of science of the post-war period. Hanson brought Wittgensteinian ordinary language philosophy to bear on the concepts of science, and his treatments of observation, discovery, and the theory-ladenness of scientific facts remain central to the philosophy of science. Additionally, Hanson was one of philosophy’s great personalities, and his sense of humor and charm come through fully in the pages of Perception and Discovery.

Perception and Discovery, originally published in 1969, is Hanson’s posthumous textbook in philosophy of science. The book focuses on the indispensable role philosophy plays in scientific thinking. Perception and Discovery features Hanson’s most complete and mature account of theory-laden observation, a discussion of conceptual and logical boundaries, and a detailed treatment of the epistemological features of scientific research and scientific reasoning. This book is of interest to scholars of philosophy of science, particularly those concerned with Hanson’s thought and the development of the discipline in the middle of the 20th century. However, even fifty years after Hanson’s early death, Perception and Discovery still has a great deal to offer all readers interested in science.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • On Philosophizing—and Some Logical Distinctions

    Pages 3-14

    Lund, Matthew D.

  • Defining Conceptual Boundaries

    Pages 15-27

    Lund, Matthew D.

  • Measuring and Counting: More Boundaries

    Pages 29-40

    Lund, Matthew D.

  • There Is More to Seeing Than Meets the Eye

    Pages 43-54

    Lund, Matthew D.

  • Seeing the Same Thing

    Pages 55-65

    Lund, Matthew D.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perception and Discovery
Book Subtitle
An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
Authors
Editors
  • Matthew D. Lund
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
389
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69745-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69745-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69744-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09908-4
Series ISSN
0166-6991
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXII, 339
Number of Illustrations
83 b/w illustrations
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