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Author McCain, Kevin, author
Title The nature of scientific knowledge : an explanatory approach / Kevin McCain
Imprint Switzerland : Springer, [2016]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  Q175.32.K45 M328 2016    AVAILABLE    30660020165804
Descript xiii, 277 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Springer undergraduate texts in philosophy
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Preface -- The Importance of Understanding the Nature of Scientific Knowledge -- Part I: General Features of Knowledge -- The Traditional Account of Knowledge -- Belief -- Truth -- Justification -- Evidence -- Basing a Belief on the Evidence -- A Problem for the Traditional Account of Knowledge -- Part II: Knowledge of Scientific Claims -- Explanation and Understanding -- From Explanation to Knowledge -- Part III: Challenges to Scientific Knowledge -- Skepticism about the External World -- Skepticism about Induction -- Empirical Evidence of Irrationality -- Anti-Realism about Science -- Part IV: Social Dimensions of Scientific Knowledge -- Gaining Scientific Knowledge from Others -- Knowledge in a Scientific Community -- Looking Back and Looking Forward -- Notes -- References -- Index
"This book offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the epistemology of science. It not only introduces readers to the general epistemological discussion of the nature of knowledge, but also provides key insights into the particular nuances of scientific knowledge. No prior knowledge of philosophy or science is assumed by The Nature of Scientific Knowledge. Nevertheless, the reader is taken on a journey through several core concepts of epistemology and philosophy of science that not only explores the characteristics of the scientific knowledge of individuals but also the way that the development of scientific knowledge is a particularly social endeavor. The topics covered in this book are of keen interest to students of epistemology and philosophy of science as well as science educators interested in the nature of scientific knowledge. In fact, as a result of its clear and engaging approach to understanding scientific knowledge The Nature of Scientific Knowledge is a book that anyone interested in scientific knowledge, knowledge in general, and any of a myriad of related concepts would be well advised to study closely"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Knowledge, Theory of
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