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Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century: Four Central Themes

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Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century: Four Central Themes

Donald Gillies

ISBN: 978-0-631-18358-7 April 1993 Wiley-Blackwell 268 Pages

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This book traces the development during the 20th century of four central themes in the philosophy of science. The themes, chosen for their importance are expounded in a way which does not presuppose any previous knowledge of philosophy or science. The book thus constitutes an excellent introduction to the philosophy of science.
Part I: Inductivism and its Critics:.

1. Some Historical Background: Inductivism, Russell and the Cambridge School, the Vienna Circle and Popper.

2. Popper's Critique of Inductivism.

3. Duhem's Critique of Inductivism.

Part II: Conventionalism and the Duhem-Quine Thesis:.

4. Poincare's Conventionalism of 1902.

5. The Duhem Thesis and the Quine Thesis.

Part III: The Nature of Observation:.

6. Observation Statements: (a) the Views of Carnap, Neurath, Popper and Duhem.

7. Observation Statements: (b) Some Psychological Findings.

Part IV: The Demarcation between Science and Metaphysics:.

8. Is Metaphysics Meaningless? Wittgenstein, the Vienna Circle and Popper's Critique.

9. Metaphysics in relation to Science: the Views of Popper, Duhem and Quine.

10. Falsification in the light of the Duhem-Quine Thesis.

"Philosophy of Science in the Twentieth Century is one of the best introductions to the philosophy of science now available." Peter Lipton, Times Higher Education Supplement
* The movement of ideas is placed against the background of the lives of the philosophers and of contemporary developments in science.
* Presupposes no previous knowledge of the subject.
* Includes close studies of key passages from leading philosophers.
* The movement of ideas is placed against the background of the lives of the philosophers and of contemporary developments in science.
* Presupposes no previous knowledge of the subject.
* Includes close studies of key passages from leading philosophers.