Philosophy of Science and Historical Enquiry

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Philosophy of science and history of science are both interpretations of scientific practice, and the relationship between these two disciplines can take various forms: they may be mutually exclusive, interdependent, or related by inclusion. Much depends on whether philosophy of science is taken to be a prescriptive or a descriptive science. This book is concerned with the nature of the relationship between philosophy of science and history of science, and sheds new light on our understanding of those activities that comprise science.

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"Valuable for its lucid discussion of the intricate problem of the relationship between history and philosophy of science. Students will welcome the synoptic accounts of the 'positions' of several major philosophers of science, both ancient and modern."--Isis


"The book is valuable since it provides both a detailed survey of the various positions on this significant question and illustration through concrete scientific examples. Losee's critical analyses are excellent."--Choice


"Losee argues that the philosophy of science has attempted to find prescriptions for doing good science, but it has failed at this enterprise. Consequently he argues that prescriptive philosophy of science should be abandoned in favor of a descriptive endeavor....In the course of arguing for this descriptive enterprise, Losee critically examines the relation between the history of science and the philosophy of science. The book provides a very good introduction to the important issues in the philosophy of science....A very informative book that will be of interest to both scholars and browsers."--The Quarterly Review of Biology


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