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Evidence, explanation, and realism : essays in the philosophy of science /

by Achinstein, Peter.
Published by : Oxford University Press, (New York :) Physical details: xi, 331 p. ; 25 cm. ISBN:9780199735259 (hbk.); 0199735255 (hbk.). Year: 2010
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Includes bibliographical references.

Part I: Evidence and induction. Concepts of evidence -- Why philosophical theories of evidence are (and ought to be) ignored by scientests -- The grue paradox -- The war on induction : Whewill takes on Newton and Mill (Norton takes on everyone) -- Waves and the scientific method -- Part II: Explanation. An illocutionary theory of explanation -- The pragmatic character of explanation -- Can there be a model of explanation? -- Explanation versus prediction : which carries more weight? -- Function statements -- Part III: Realism, molecules, and electrons. Is there a valid experimental argument for scientific realism? -- Jean Perrin and molecular reality -- The problem of theoretical terms -- What to do if you want to defend a theory you can't prove : a method of "physical speculation" -- Who really discovered the electron?

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