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Understanding Perspectivism (Open Access): Scientific Challenges and Methodological Prospects

Understanding Perspectivism (Open Access): Scientific Challenges and Methodological Prospects

1st Edition

Michela Massimi, Casey D. McCoy
June 11, 2019

This edited collection is the first of its kind to explore the view called perspectivism in philosophy of science. The book brings together an array of essays that reflect on the methodological promises and scientific challenges of perspectivism in a variety of fields such as physics, biology,...

The Instrument of Science: Scientific Anti-Realism Revitalised

The Instrument of Science: Scientific Anti-Realism Revitalised

1st Edition

Darrell P. Rowbottom
March 18, 2019

Roughly, instrumentalism is the view that science is primarily, and should primarily be, an instrument for furthering our practical ends. It has fallen out of favour because historically influential variants of the view, such as logical positivism, suffered from serious defects. In this book,...

Essence in the Age of Evolution: A New Theory of Natural Kinds

Essence in the Age of Evolution: A New Theory of Natural Kinds

1st Edition

Christopher J. Austin
September 20, 2018

This book offers a novel defence of a highly contested philosophical position: biological natural kind essentialism. This theory is routinely and explicitly rejected for its purported inability to be explicated in the context of contemporary biological science, and its supposed incompatibility with...

Conceptual Change and the Philosophy of Science: Alternative Interpretations of the A Priori

Conceptual Change and the Philosophy of Science: Alternative Interpretations of the A Priori

1st Edition

David J. Stump
August 14, 2018

In this book, David Stump traces alternative conceptions of the a priori in the philosophy of science and defends a unique position in the current debates over conceptual change and the constitutive elements in science. Stump emphasizes the unique epistemological status of the constitutive elements...

Models, Simulations, and Representations

Models, Simulations, and Representations

1st Edition

Paul Humphreys, Cyrille Imbert
November 28, 2017

Although scientific models and simulations differ in numerous ways, they are similar in so far as they are posing essentially philosophical problems about the nature of representation. This collection is designed to bring together some of the best work on the nature of representation being done by...

Conservative Reductionism

Conservative Reductionism

1st Edition

Michael Esfeld, Christian Sachse
November 28, 2017

Conservative Reductionism sets out a new theory of the relationship between physics and the special sciences within the framework of functionalism. It argues that it is wrong-headed to conceive an opposition between functional and physical properties (or functional and physical descriptions,...

Causation, Evidence, and Inference

Causation, Evidence, and Inference

1st Edition

Julian Reiss
November 28, 2017

In this book, Reiss argues in favor of a tight fit between evidence, concept and purpose in our causal investigations in the sciences. There is no doubt that the sciences employ a vast array of techniques to address causal questions such as controlled experiments, randomized trials, statistical and...

Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science

Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science

1st Edition

William M.R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons, Nicholas J. Teh
October 31, 2017

The last two decades have seen two significant trends emerging within the philosophy of science: the rapid development and focus on the philosophy of the specialised sciences, and a resurgence of Aristotelian metaphysics, much of which is concerned with the possibility of emergence, as well as the...

Science after the Practice Turn in the Philosophy, History, and Social Studies of Science

Science after the Practice Turn in the Philosophy, History, and Social Studies of Science

1st Edition

Léna Soler, Sjoerd Zwart, Michael Lynch, Vincent Israel-Jost
May 16, 2017

In the 1980s, philosophical, historical and social studies of science underwent a change which later evolved into a turn to practice. Analysts of science were asked to pay attention to scientific practices in meticulous detail and along multiple dimensions, including the material, social and...

Conceptual Systems

Conceptual Systems

1st Edition

Harold I. Brown
January 21, 2016

New concepts are constantly being introduced into our thinking. Conceptual Systems explores how these new concepts are entered into our systems along with sufficient continuity with older ideas to ensure understanding. The encyclopedic breadth of this text highlights the many different aspects and...

Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and Its Implications

Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and Its Implications

1st Edition

Bana Bashour, Hans D. Muller
September 03, 2015

One of the most pervasive and persistent questions in philosophy is the relationship between the natural sciences and traditional philosophical categories such as metaphysics, epistemology and the mind. Contemporary Philosophical Naturalism and Its Implications is a unique and valuable contribution...

Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited

Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited

1st Edition

Vasso Kindi, Theodore Arabatzis
June 23, 2015

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Up until recently, the book’s philosophical reception has been shaped, for the most part, by the debates and the climate in philosophy of science in the 1960s and 1970s; this new...

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