Theoretical Virtues In Science
Uncovering Reality Through Theory
In-depth discussion of the value of scientific theories, bringing together and advancing current important debates in realism.
|Titel:||Theoretical Virtues In Science|
|Uitgever:||Cambridge Univ Pr|
|NUR:||Wetenschapsfilosofie, logica en kentheorie|
Samuel Schindler is Associate Professor in the Centre for Science Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has published his work in journals such as The British Journal in Philosophy of Science, Synthese, and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science. He has received two major external grants from national research foundations in Germany and Denmark.
Advance praise: 'Steeped in the history of science and bursting with examples, this book turns a spotlight on the 'theoretical virtues' and their role in determining what the natural sciences reveal about our world. Fearlessly contesting received views of the import of novel predictions and the nature of ad hoc hypotheses, Schindler shows by example how general philosophy of science, and the history and philosophy of science, are indispensable to an understanding of scientific knowledge.' Anjan Chakravartty, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Introduction; 1. Theoretical virtues, truth, and the argument from simplicity; 2. Pessimism, base rates, and the no-virtue-coincidence argument; 3. Novel success and predictivism; 4. Theoretical fertility without novel success; 5. Ad hoc hypotheses and the argument from coherence; 6. Virtues as confidence boosters and the argument from choice; 7. Philosophy of science by historical means; Conclusion.
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