Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series)

Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series)

Peter Godfrey-Smith


How does technological know-how paintings? Does it let us know what the area is "really" like? What makes it varied from alternative routes of realizing the universe? In Theory and Reality, Peter Godfrey-Smith addresses those questions through taking the reader on a grand travel of 1 hundred years of discussion approximately technological know-how. the result's a totally available advent to the most topics of the philosophy of science.

Intended for undergraduates and normal readers without earlier historical past in philosophy, Theory and Reality covers logical positivism; the issues of induction and affirmation; Karl Popper's conception of technological know-how; Thomas Kuhn and "scientific revolutions"; the perspectives of Imre Lakatos, Larry Laudan, and Paul Feyerabend; and demanding situations to the sphere from sociology of technological know-how, feminism, and technological know-how experiences. The booklet then appears to be like in additional element at a few particular difficulties and theories, together with clinical realism, the theory-ladeness of commentary, medical rationalization, and Bayesianism. eventually, Godfrey-Smith defends a kind of philosophical naturalism because the most sensible option to resolve the most difficulties within the field.

Throughout the textual content he issues out connections among philosophical debates and wider discussions approximately technological know-how in contemporary a long time, equivalent to the notorious "science wars." Examples and asides interact the start scholar; a word list of phrases explains key thoughts; and recommendations for additional analyzing are incorporated on the finish of every bankruptcy. even if, this can be a textbook that does not believe like a textbook since it captures the ancient drama of alterations in how technology has been conceived during the last 100 years.

Like no different textual content during this box, Theory and Reality combines a survey of contemporary historical past of the philosophy of technology with present key debates in language that any starting student or severe reader can follow.

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Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series)

Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series)

Peter Godfrey-Smith

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