This volume brings together ten original, thematically-related papers, written by prominent figures in the philosophy of science in Australasia and elsewhere. The contributed papers are focused on two fundamental issues in contemporary philosophy of science, the status of scientific realism and the relationship between science and commonsense. The contemporary scientific realism debate turns on the viability of the claims that science aims at truth and that we can justifiably believe that science has achieved or approximated this aim. Several papers in the collection constitute original contributions to this debate. Other papers explore what appears to be an increasingly divergent relationship between the scientific and commonsense images of the world. This volume is a valuable resource for all who are interested in and engaged by contemporary philosophy of science.
Clarke received a BSc in Economics from The University of Kingston Upon Hull, an MBA from the Putteridge Bury Management Centre, The University of Luton, and a PhD in Human Centered Approaches to Information Systems Development from Brunel University, UK. He is Reader in Systems and Information Management at the University of Luton.
Foreword. Acknowledgements. Introduction: Scientific Realism and Commonsense; T.D. Lyons, S. Clarke. Realism Through Manipulation, and by Hypothesis; R. Nola. Chalmer's Defence of Scientific Realism against Cartwright; S. Clarke. Scientific Realism and the Empirical Nature of Methodology: Bayesians, Error Statisticians, and Statistical Inference; H. Kincaid. Scientific Realism and the Pessimistic Meta-Modus Tollens; T.D. Lyons. Miracle or Mystery? Hypotheses and Predictions in Rankine's Thermodynamics; K. Hutchison. Putnam's No-Miracle Argument: a Critique; M. Ghins. Some Surprising Phenomena and Some Unsatisfactory Explanations of Them; J. Wright. Marks of Irrationality; L. Bortolotti. Implications of Inquiry: a Pragmatist View of the Scientific and Manifest Image; H.C.D.G. De Regt. Human Agency, Realism and the New Essentialism; B. Ellis. Notes on contributors. Index.
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Timothy D. Lyons, Steve Clarke
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