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  • Science and Reasonby Henry E. Kyburg

    Oxford University Press 1991; US$ 124.99

    The author sets forth his views on a wide range of philosophical problems associated with the study and practice of science and mathematics, and gives a general overview of the philosophy of science. The text is aimed primarily at cognitive scientists and those working in artificial intelligence. more...

  • Scientific Controversiesby Peter Machamer; Marcello Pera; Aristides Baltas

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 109.99

    Social constructionists claim that scientific debates are influenced by non-evidential factors such as the rhetoric and professional clout of the participants. These essays undermine an extreme social constructionist perspective and indicate the need for a more realistic scientific rationality. more...

  • The Nature of Explanationby Peter Achinstein

    Oxford University Press 1986; US$ 59.99

    A new approach to the definition of scientific explanation. Unlike standard theories, it focuses initially on the explaining act itself, to which reference must be made in order to understand what an explanation is and how it can be evaluated in the sciences. more...

  • The Context of Constitutionby Dimitri Ginev

    Springer 2006; US$ 199.00

    Whether philosophy of science is crucially tied down to epistemological justification is a significant topic of contemporary debates. This book sets out an argument against the foundationalist theories of justification. In developing a project of a hermeneutic context of constitution, it advocates new life for philosophy of science. more...

  • Testing Scientific Theoriesby John Earman

    University of Minnesota Press 1984; US$ 57.00

    Testing Scientific Theories was first published in 1984. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.Since much of a scientist's work consists of constructing arguments to show how experiments and observation... more...

  • Mechanics and Natural Philosophy Before the Scientific Revolutionby Walter Roy Laird; Sophie Roux

    Springer 2008; US$ 239.00

    Modern mechanics was forged in the seventeenth century from materials inherited from Antiquity and transformed in the period from the Middle Ages through to the sixteenth century. These materials were transmitted through a number of textual traditions and within several disciplines and practices, including ancient and medieval natural philosophy, statics,... more...

  • Mental and the Physicalby Herbert Feigl

    University of Minnesota Press 1967; US$ 67.50

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  • Rethinking Scientific Change and Theory Comparisonby LÚna Soler; Howard Sankey; Paul Hoyningen-huene

    Springer 2008; US$ 269.00

    The volume is a collection of essays devoted to the analysis of scientific change and stability. It explores the balance and tension that exist between commensurability and continuity on the one hand, and incommensurability and discontinuity on the other. Moreover, it discusses some central epistemological consequences regarding the nature of scientific... more...

  • French Studies in the Philosophy of Scienceby Jean Gayon; Anastasios Brenner

    Springer 2009; US$ 269.00

    Showcases French philosophy of science by illustrating the different methods employed: logico-linguistic analysis, rational reconstruction and historical inquiry. This book explains the development of philosophy of science in France, the various schools of thought and methods as well as the major concepts and their significance. more...

  • Natural Laws in Scientific Practiceby Marc Lange

    Oxford University Press, USA 2000; US$ 49.99

    It is often presumed that the laws of nature have special significance for scientific reasoning. But the laws' distinctive roles have proven notoriously difficult to identify--leading some philosophers to question if they hold such roles at all. This study offers original accounts of the roles that natural laws play in connection with counterfactual... more...