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Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and the Arts

Thought Experiments in Science, Philosophy, and the Arts

1st Edition

Melanie Frappier, Letitia Meynell, James Robert Brown
June 23, 2015

From Lucretius throwing a spear beyond the boundary of the universe to Einstein racing against a beam of light, thought experiments stand as a fascinating challenge to the necessity of data in the empirical sciences. Are these experiments, conducted uniquely in our imagination, simply rhetorical...

Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge

Platonism, Naturalism, and Mathematical Knowledge

1st Edition

James Robert Brown
July 03, 2014

This study addresses a central theme in current philosophy: Platonism vs Naturalism and provides accounts of both approaches to mathematics, crucially discussing Quine, Maddy, Kitcher, Lakoff, Colyvan, and many others. Beginning with accounts of both approaches, Brown defends Platonism by arguing...

Popper’s Critical Rationalism: A Philosophical Investigation

Popper’s Critical Rationalism: A Philosophical Investigation

1st Edition

Darrell Rowbottom
May 23, 2013

Popper’s Critical Rationalism presents Popper’s views on science, knowledge, and inquiry, and examines the significance and tenability of these in light of recent developments in philosophy of science, philosophy of probability, and epistemology. It develops a fresh and novel philosophical position...

Emergence in Science and Philosophy

Emergence in Science and Philosophy

1st Edition

Antonella Corradini, Timothy O'Connor
March 21, 2013

The concept of emergence has seen a significant resurgence in philosophy and the sciences, yet debates regarding emergentist and reductionist visions of the natural world continue to be hampered by imprecision or ambiguity. Emergent phenomena are said to arise out of and be sustained by more basic...

Fictions in Science: Philosophical Essays on Modeling and Idealization

Fictions in Science: Philosophical Essays on Modeling and Idealization

1st Edition

Mauricio Suárez
November 10, 2010

Science is popularly understood as being an ideal of impartial algorithmic objectivity that provides us with a realistic description of the world down to the last detail. The essays collected in this book—written by some of the leading experts in the field—challenge this popular image right at its...

Karl Popper's Philosophy of Science: Rationality without Foundations

Karl Popper's Philosophy of Science: Rationality without Foundations

1st Edition

Stefano Gattei
November 03, 2010

This book seeks to rectify misrepresentations of Popperian thought with a historical approach to Popper’s philosophy, an approach which applies his own mature view, that we gain knowledge through conjectures and refutations, to his own development, by portraying him in his intellectual growth as...

Nancy Cartwright’s Philosophy of Science

Nancy Cartwright’s Philosophy of Science

1st Edition

Luc Bovens, Carl Hoefer, Stephan Hartmann
June 07, 2010

Nancy Cartwright is one of the most distinguished and influential contemporary philosophers of science. Despite the profound impact of her work, there is neither a systematic exposition of Cartwright’s philosophy of science nor a collection of articles that contains in-depth discussions of the...

Evolution, Rationality and Cognition: A Cognitive Science for the Twenty-First Century

Evolution, Rationality and Cognition: A Cognitive Science for the Twenty-First Century

1st Edition

Antonio Zilhao
April 01, 2010

Evolutionary thinking has expanded in the last decades, spreading from its traditional stronghold – the explanation of speciation and adaptation in biology - to new domains. Fascinating pieces of work, the essays in this collection attest to the illuminating power of evolutionary thinking when...

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