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The Process of Science: Contemporary Philosophical Approaches to Understanding Scientific Practice.

NERSESSIAN, Nancy J. (ed.):

ISBN 10: 9024734258 / ISBN 13: 9789024734252
Published by Dordrecht, etc.: Martinus Nijhoff, 1987., 1987
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xiii, 221 pp. Original cloth. Very Good+, without dust jacket. Contributors include Shapere, Nickles, Grene, Berkson, Agassi, van Fraassen, S. Harding, Giere, Burian, E. Sober, et al. Bookseller Inventory # EFK0016

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Title: The Process of Science: Contemporary ...

Publisher: Dordrecht, etc.: Martinus Nijhoff, 1987.

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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For some time now the philosophy of science has been undergoing a major transfor­ mation. It began when the 'received view' of scientific knowledge -that developed by logical positivists and their intellectual descendants - was challenged as bearing little resemblance to and having little relevance for the understanding of real science. Subsequently, an overwhelming amount of criticism has been added. One would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would support the 'received view' today. Yet, in the search for a new analysis of scientific knowledge, this view continues to exert influence over the tenor of much of present-day philosophy of science; in particular, over its problems and its methods of analysis. There has, however, emerged an area within the discipline - called by some the 'new philosophy of science' - that has been engaged in transforming the problems and methods of philosophy of science. While there is far from a consensus of beliefs in this area, most of the following contentions would be affirmed by those working in it: - that science is an open-ended, on-going activity, whose character has changed significantly during its history - that science is not a monolithic enterprise - that good science can lead to false theories - that science has its roots in everyday circumstances, needs, methods, concepts, etc.

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` .. this volume will make a significant contribution to a more adequate understanding of the "nature of scientific knowledge and inquiry" '
ISIS Vol.79,No.1,1988

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