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Realism, Rationalism and Scientific Method Vol. 1  :  Philosophical Papers - Paul K Feyerabend

Realism, Rationalism and Scientific Method Vol. 1

Philosophical Papers

Paperback Published: 9th September 1985
ISBN: 9780521316422
Number Of Pages: 368

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Over the past thirty years Paul Feyerabend has developed an extremely distinctive and influentical approach to problems in the philosophy of science. The most important and seminal of his published essays are collected here in two volumes, with new introductions to provide an overview and historical perspective on the discussions of each part. Volume 1 presents papers on the interpretation of scientific theories, together with papers applying the views developed to particular problems in philosophy and physics. The essays in volume 2 examine the origin and history of an abstract rationalism, as well as its consequences for the philosophy of science and methods of scientific research. Professor Feyerabend argues with great force and imagination for a comprehensive and opportunistic pluralism. In doing so he draws on extensive knowledge of scientific history and practice, and he is alert always to the wider philosophical, practical and political implications of conflicting views. These two volumes fully display the variety of his ideas, and confirm the originality and significance of his work.

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'The issues here run deep, to the heart of a number of central debates in contemporary philosophy concerning anti-realism, Wittgenstein, rationality and so on ... for anyone who wants to engage with those issues - which means not only philosophers of science but anyone at all excited by the current state of philosophy - these exhilarating volumes must be essential reading.' Philosophical Investigations 'The importance of Feyerabend is that he shows this easy way out cannot be taken for granted. As long as we had at the back of our minds the idea of an independent reality to pull thought in the right direction, Feyerabend's insistence on the inexhaustible diversity of possible standards seemed merely provocative. But without such a reality the onus of argument has shifted. Little as we may like it, Feyerabend is in the driving seat. He has actually done the historical work to show that sane men with good ideas, both within Western science and without, have hewn all kinds of different intellectual values. After Feyerabend, simply gesturing in the direction of some supposed common intellectual commitment is no longer going to hold relativism at bay. Indeed Fayerband has made it very difficult to see how we can continue to believe in the one true theoretical way. The Times Literary Supplement

Introduction to volumes 1 and 2
On The Interpretation of Scientific Theories
Introduction: scientific realism and philosophical realism
An attempt at a realistic interpretation of scientific theories
Explanation, reduction and empiricism
On the 'meaning' of scientific terms
Reply to criticism: comments on Smart, Sellars and Putnam
Science without experience
Applications and Criticisms
Introduction: proliferation and realism as methodological principles
Linguistic arguments and scientific method
Materialism and the mind-body problem
Realism and instrumentalism: comments on the logic of factual support
A note on the problem of induction
On the quantum theory of measurement
Professor Bohm's philosophy of nature
Reichenbach's interpretation of quantum mechanics
Niels Bohr's world view
Hidden variables and the argument of Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen
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ISBN: 9780521316422
ISBN-10: 0521316421
Series: Philosophical Papers (Cambridge)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 9th September 1985
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.49  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.56

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