The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science
Edited by Stathis Psillos, Martin Curd
To Be Published July 25th 2013 by Routledge – 752 pages
Series: Routledge Philosophy Companions
The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science, Second Edition is an indispensable reference source and guide to the major themes, debates, problems and topics in philosophy of science. It contains sixty-two specially commissioned entries by a leading team of international contributors. Organized into four parts it covers:
The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science, Second Edition addresses all of the essential topics that students of philosophy of science need to know - from empiricism, explanation and experiment to causation, observation, prediction and more - and contains many helpful features including chapters on individual sciences (such as biology, chemistry, physics and psychology), further reading and cross-referencing at the end of each chapter.
Expanded and revised throughout, this second edition includes new chapters on Conventionalism, Social Epistemology, Computer Simulation, Thought Experiments, Pseudoscience, Species and Taxonomy, and Cosmology.
Praise for the first edition:
'With a distinguished list of internationally renowned contributors, an excellent choice of topics in the field, and well-written, well-edited essays throughout, this compendium is an excellent resource. It will work well for any serious scholar inside or outside the field interested in the current state of philosophy of science. Highly recommended.' - CHOICE
'A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2008
Highly recommended for history of science and philosophy collections.' - Library Journal
'This well conceived companion, which brings together an impressive collection of distinguished authors, will be invaluable to novices and experience readers alike.' - Metascience
'This is a very impressive collection. […] As a whole, the volume provides a highly informative snapshot of the current state of philosophy of science. … It is hard to think of a topic in philosophy of science that is not addressed; in this sense the volume is quite comprehensive. […] Readers will invariably learn—a lot—from the rich discussions collected here. The book should be useful for both students and specialists. It should be very helpful to the many readers of this journal who don’t specialize in philosophy of science but for whom aspects of philosophy of science are important to their own research.' - Science & Education
'Here is philosophy of science the way it should be. In these pages some of the very best philosophers working today grapple with the big issues of metaphysics, language, and epistemology as they relate to science. This volume is a true introduction to a philosophy of science that has real stature; a philosophy of science that puts the subject at the crossing point of arguments from across the intellectual landscape.' - Peter Galison, Harvard University, USA
'This is an outstanding companion. With over fifty chapters by uniformly distinguished contributors, it offers a stimulating and often original introduction to every facet of the subject. There is no better guide to the philosophy of science on the market.' - David Papineau, King's College London
'This well conceived and comprehensive volume brings together a remarkable collection of authors, including many of the leading contemporary contributors to the philosophy of science. It will be of great value to students of the philosophy of science at all levels.' - John Dupré, University of Exeter, UK
Introduction Martin Curd and Stathis Psillos Part 1: Historical and Philosophical Context 1. Conventionalism Robert DiSalle 2. The Epistemology of Science after Quine Paul A. Roth 3. The History of Philosophy and Philosophy of Science Joanne Waugh and Roger Ariew 4. Metaphysics Stephen Mumford 5. Philosophy of Language Rod Bertolet 6. The Role of Logic in Philosophy of Science Diderik Batens 7. Critical Rationalism Gürol Irzik 8. The Historical Turn in the Philosophy of Science Alexander Bird 9. Logical Empiricism Thomas Uebel 10. Pragmatism and Science Robert Almeder 11.Social Epistemology K. Brad Wray Part 2: Debates 12. Bayesianism Colin Howson 13. Computer Simulation Wendy S. Parker 14. Confirmation Alan Hájek and James M. Joyce 15. Empiricism Elliott Sober 16. Essentialism and Natural Kinds Brian Ellis 17. Ethics of Science David B. Resnik 18. Experiment Theodore Arabatzis 19. Explanation Jim Woodward 20. Feminist Approach to the Philosophy of Science Cassandra L. Pinnick 20. Inference to the Best Explanation Peter Lipton 22. Laws of Nature Marc Lange 23. Naturalism Ronald N. Giere 24. Realism/Anti-Realism Michael Devitt 25. Relativism about Science Maria Baghramian 26. Scientific Method Howard Sankey 27. Social Studies of Science Robert Nola 28. The Structure of Theories Steven French 29. Theory-Change John Worrall 30. Thought Experiments James Robert Brown 31. Underdetermination Igor Douven 32. Values in Science Gerald Doppelt Part 3: Concepts 33. Causation Christopher Hitchcock 34. Determinism Barry Loewer 35. Evidence Peter Achinstein 36. Function Denis Walsh 37. Idealization James Ladyman 38. Measurement Hasok Chang and Nancy Cartwright 39. Mechanisms Stuart Glennan 40. Models Demetris Portides 41. Observation André Kukla 42. Prediction Malcolm Forster 43. Probability Maria-Carla Galavotti 44. Pseudoscience Bradley Monton 45. Reduction Sahotra Sarkar 46. Representation in Science Paul Teller 47. Scientific Discovery Thomas Nickles 48. Space and Time Oliver Pooley 49. Species and Taxonomy Marc Ereshefsky 50. Symmetry Margaret Morrison 51. Truthlikeness Graham Oddie 52. Unification Todd Jones 53. The Virtues of a Good Theory Ernan McMullin Part 4: The Individual Sciences 54. Biology Alexander Rosenberg 55. Chemistry Robin Findlay Hendry 56. Cognitive Science Paul Thagard 57. Cosmology Chris Smeenk 58. Economics Uskali Maki 59. Mathematics Peter Clark 60. Physics Simon Saunders 61. Psychology Richard Samuels 62. Social Sciences Harold Kincaid. Index
Martin Curd is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University, USA. He is co-editor (with Jan Cover and Christopher Pincock) of Philosophy of Science: The Central Issues.
Stathis Psillos is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics at the University of Athens, Greece. He is the author of Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth (Routledge), Causation and Explanation, and Philosophy of Science A–Z.