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Theoretical Virtues in Science: Uncovering Reality through Theory

Samuel Schindler’s book is an impressive achievement: it presents four interlocking arguments for scientific realism — one central, the other three supporting — that taken together are novel, interesting, and worth serious study. So if you are interested in new … Continue reading

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Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science

Social constructivists maintain that we invent the properties of the world rather than discover them. Is reality constructed by our own activity? Or, more provocatively, are scientific facts constructed? Is everything constructed? André Kukla presents a comprehensive discussion of the philosophical issues that arise … Continue reading

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Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency

Fisch aims to offer a philosophy of scientific agency. Specifically, the book is framed around developing an account of how a scientist can be persuaded to accept a new theory, one that is fundamentally different from the theory she currently … Continue reading

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The Case for More Science and Philosophy Books for Children

For this reason, I take it as obvious that we should write science and philosophy books for children and teenagers. The issue is not to turn every kid into a future scientist. Despite all the hype about getting into STEM … Continue reading

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Teaching Philosophy of Science to scientists: why, what and how

This paper provides arguments to philosophers, scientists, administrators and students for why science students should be instructed in a mandatory, custom-designed, interdisciplinary course in the philosophy of science. The argument begins by diagnosing that most science students are taught only … Continue reading

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Philosophy Is Not a Science

In sum, philosophy is not science. For it employs the rational tools of logical analysis and conceptual clarification in lieu of empirical measurement. And this approach, when carefully carried out, can yield knowledge at times more reliable and enduring than … Continue reading

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The Work of Humberto Maturana and its Application Across the Sciences

For more than 40 years the work and ideas of Humberto Maturana has permeated the academic world and applied disciplines. What began as an answer to the question “What is life?” has become an encompassing explanatory network that includes living, … Continue reading

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