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Author Dicken, Paul, 1980- author
Title A critical introduction to scientific realism / Paul Dicken
Imprint London : Bloomsbury Academic, An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  Q175.32.R42 D53 2016    AVAILABLE    30660020165242
Descript vii, 214 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Bloomsbury critical introductions to contemporary epistemology
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-209) and index
What are the reasons for believing scientific theories to be true? The contemporary debate around scientific realism exposes questions about the very nature of scientific knowledge. A Critical Introduction to Scientific Realism explores and advances the main topics of the debate, allowing epistemologists to make new connections with the philosophy of science.Moving from its origins in logical positivism to some of the most recent issues discussed in the literature, this critical introduction covers the no-miracles argument, the pessimistic meta-induction and structural realism. Placing arguments in their historical context, Paul Dicken approaches scientific realism debate as a particular instance of our more general epistemological investigations. The recurrent theme is that the scientific realism debate is in fact a pseudo-philosophical question.Concerned with the methodology of the scientific realism debate, Dicken asks what it means to offer an epistemological assessment of our scientific practices. Taking those practices as a guide to our epistemological reflections, A Critical Introduction to Scientific Realism fills a gap in current introductory texts and presents a fresh approach to understanding a crucial debate
The historical background to the scientific realism debate -- The legacy of logical empiricism -- The No-Miracles Argument -- The Pessimistic Meta-Induction -- Wholesale and retail arguments for scientific realism -- Structural realism -- Constructive empiricism
Subject Science -- Philosophy
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