Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

Building Theories

Heuristics and Hypotheses in Sciences

Editors: Danks, David, Ippoliti, Emiliano (Eds.)

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  • Describes new findings and models concerning the construction of theories and hypotheses in science
  • Brings together both normative and descriptive perspectives on the question of theory construction
  • Explores novel perspectives on the uses of models, inferences, and heuristic reasoning in theory-building
  • Uses case studies in logic, mathematics, physics, biology, and psychology to develop a set of principles for how theories are constructed and refined
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This book explores new findings on the long-neglected topic of theory construction and discovery, and challenges the orthodox, current division of scientific development into discrete stages: the stage of generation of new hypotheses; the stage of collection of relevant data; the stage of justification of possible theories; and the final stage of selection from among equally confirmed theories. The  chapters, written by leading researchers, offer an interdisciplinary perspective on various aspects of the processes by which theories rationally should, and descriptively are, built. They address issues such as the role of problem-solving and heuristic reasoning in theory-building; how inferences and models shape the pursuit of scientific knowledge; the relation between problem-solving and scientific discovery; the relative values of the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic view of theories in understanding theory construction; and the relation between ampliative inferences, heuristic reasoning, and models as a means for building new theories and knowledge. Through detailed arguments and examinations, the volume collectively challenges the orthodox view’s main tenets by characterizing the ways in which the different “stages” are logically, temporally, and psychologically intertwined. As a group, the chapters provide several attempts to answer long-standing questions about the possibility of a unified conceptual framework for building theories and formulating hypotheses.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Building Theories: The Heuristic Way

    Ippoliti, Emiliano

    Pages 3-20

  • Building Theories: Strategies Not Blueprints

    Morrison, Margaret

    Pages 21-43

  • Richer Than Reduction

    Danks, David

    Pages 45-61

  • Theory Building as Problem Solving

    Cellucci, Carlo

    Pages 63-79

  • Discovering Cures in Medicine

    Gillies, Donald

    Pages 83-100

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eBook $79.99
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  • Due: March 9, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89208-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building Theories
Book Subtitle
Heuristics and Hypotheses in Sciences
Editors
  • David Danks
  • Emiliano Ippoliti
Series Title
Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Series Volume
41
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72787-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72787-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72786-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-89208-5
Series ISSN
2192-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 284
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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