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The Philosophy of Carl G. Hempel : Studies in Science, Explanation, and Rationality - Carl G. Hempel

The Philosophy of Carl G. Hempel

Studies in Science, Explanation, and Rationality

Hardcover Published: 11th January 2002
ISBN: 9780195141580
Number Of Pages: 464

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Hempel (1905-1997) was one of the most influential philosophers of science in the 20th century, along with Thomas Kuhn and Sir Karl Popper. His work defined the central problems of the field and its proper methods of investigation. By presenting an analytical and historical introduction and a comprehensive bibliography together with a selection of many of Carl G. Hempel's most important studies, this volume provides an ideal opportunity for students and scholars to appreciate the enduring contributions of one of the most important philosophers of science of the 20th century.

Introductionp. xiii
Cognitive Significance
On the Nature of Mathematical Truthp. 3
Geometry and Empirical Sciencep. 18
Recent Problems of Inductionp. 29
On the Structure of Scientific Theoriesp. 49
Explanation and Prediction
Explanation and Prediction by Covering Lawsp. 69
Deductive-Nomological versus Statistical Explanationp. 87
Maximal Specificity and Lawlikeness in Probabilistic Explanationp. 146
Postscript 1976: More Recent Ideas on the Problem of Statistical Explanationp. 165
Scientific Theories
Reduction: Ontological and Linguistic Facetsp. 189
The Meaning of Theoretical Terms: A Critique of the Standard Empiricist Construalp. 208
On the "Standard Conception" of Scientific Theoriesp. 218
Limits of a Deductive Construal of the Function of Scientific Theoriesp. 237
Explanations of Behavior
Logical Positivism and the Social Sciencesp. 253
Explanation in Science and in Historyp. 276
Reasons and Covering Laws in Historical Explanationp. 297
Rational Actionp. 311
Scientific Rationality
Science Unlimited?p. 329
Turns in the Evolution of the Problem of Inductionp. 344
Scientific Rationality: Normative versus Descriptive Construalsp. 357
Valuation and Objectivity in Sciencep. 372
A Bibliography of Carl G. Hempelp. 397
Index of Namesp. 405
Index of Subjectsp. 409
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ISBN: 9780195141580
ISBN-10: 019514158X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 11th January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.65

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