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Understanding Scientific Progress : Aim-Oriented Empiricism (Paperback) (Nicholas Maxwell)

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The author presents solutions to eight fundamental philosophical problems about scientific progress that pose a challenge to traditional conceptions of science: underdetermination of theory by evidence, induction, verisimilitude, what the unity of a theory is, why accepting unified theories is justified, what scientific method is, how it is to be justified, and a method for discovery of new theories. He examines these problems in the context of theoretical physics and shows how solving the philosophical problems of scientific progress can help address flaws in modern science. He argues that a new view about the nature of science needs to be adopted, one that sees science as making metaphysical assumptions about the knowability and comprehensibility of the universe. He contends that a new conception of science should enable the improvement of problematic assumptions about the universe in the persistent rejection of empirically successful disunified theories, which he calls “aim-oriented empiricism,” which replaces standard empiricism and allows for the solution of the problem of induction and stresses the importance of theories to be unified, and he shows the broader implications of this perspective for natural science and global problems. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 216
Genre: Science, Philosophy
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bookmasters Dist Serv
Author: Nicholas Maxwell
Language: English
Street Date: March 15, 2017
TCIN: 51557386
UPC: 9781557789242
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-2740
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