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Inquiry as Inquiry : A Logic of Scientific Discovery - Jaakko Hintikka

Inquiry as Inquiry

A Logic of Scientific Discovery

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Is a genuine logic of scientific discovery possible? In the essays collected here, Hintikka not only defends an affirmative answer; he also outlines such a logic. It is the logic of questions and answers. Thus inquiry in the sense of knowledge-seeking becomes inquiry in the sense of interrogation. Using this new logic, Hintikka establishes a result that will undoubtedly be considered the fundamental theorem of all epistemology, viz., the virtual identity of optimal strategies of pure discovery with optimal deductive strategies. Questions to Nature, of course, must include observations and experiments. Hintikka shows, in fact, how the logic of experimental inquiry can be understood from the interrogative vantage point. Other important topics examined include induction (in a forgotten sense that has nevertheless played a role in science), explanation, the incommensurability of theories, theory-ladenness of observations, and identifiability.

Origin of the Essays
Introduction
Is Logic the Key to all Good Reasoning?p. 1
The Role of Logic in Argumentationp. 25
Interrogative Logic as a General Theory of Reasoningp. 47
What Is Abduction? The Fundamental Problem of Contemporary Epistemologyp. 91
True and False Logics of Scientific Discoveryp. 115
A Spectrum of Logic of Questioningp. 127
What Is the Logic of Experimental Inquiry?p. 143
The Concept of Induction in the Light of the Interrogative Approach to Inquiryp. 161
Semantics and Pragmatics for Why-Questionsp. 183
The Varieties of Information and Scientific Explanationp. 205
On the Incommensurability of Theoriesp. 227
Theory-Ladenness of Observations as a Test Case of Kuhn's Approach to Scientific Inquiryp. 241
Ramsey Sentences and the Meaning of Quantifiersp. 251
Towards a General Theory of Identifiabilityp. 267
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ISBN: 9780792354772
ISBN-10: 079235477X
Series: Jaakko Hintikka Selected Papers
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 30th June 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.35