The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science
Edited by Stathis Psillos, Martin Curd
Published February 17th 2010 by Routledge – 620 pages
Series: Routledge Philosophy Companions
This indispensable reference source and guide to the major themes, debates, problems and topics in philosophy of science contains fifty-five specially commissioned entries by a leading team of international contributors. Organized into four parts it covers:
The Companion covers everything 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: a section on the individual sciences, including chapters on the philosophy of biology, chemistry, physics and psychology, further reading and cross-referencing at the end of each chapter.
A CHOICE 'Outstanding Academic Title'
'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
'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
'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, UK
'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
Part 1: Historical and Philosophical Context 1. The Epistemology of Science after Quine Paul A. Roth 2. The History of Philosophy and Philosophy of Science Joanne Waugh and Roger Ariew 3. Metaphysics Stephen Mumford 4. Philosophy of Language Rod Bertolet 5. The Role of Logic in Philosophy of Science Diderik Batens 6. Critical Rationalism Gürol Irzik 7. The Historical Turn in the Philosophy of Science Alexander Bird 8. Logical Empiricism Thomas Uebel 9. Pragmatism and Science Robert Almeder Part 2: Debates 10. Bayesianism Colin Howson 11. Confirmation Alan Hájek and James M. Joyce 12. Empiricism Elliott Sober 13. Essentialism and Natural Kinds Brian Ellis 14. Ethics of Science David B. Resnik 15. Experiment Theodore Arabatzis 16. Explanation Jim Woodward 17. Feminist Approach to the Philosophy of Science Cassandra L. Pinnick 18. Inference to the Best Explanation Peter Lipton 19. Laws of Nature Marc Lange 20. Naturalism Ronald N. Giere 21. Realism/Anti-Realism Michael Devitt 22. Relativism about Science Maria Baghramian 23. Scientific Method Howard Sankey 24. Social Studies of Science Robert Nola 25. The Structure of Theories Steven French 26. Theory-Change John Worrall 27. Underdetermination Igor Douven 28. Values in Science Gerald Doppelt Part 3: Concepts 29. Causation Christopher Hitchcock 30. Determinism Barry Loewer 31. Evidence Peter Achinstein 32. Function Denis Walsh 33. Idealization James Ladyman 34. Measurement Hasok Chang and Nancy Cartwright 35. Mechanisms Stuart Glennan 36. Models Demetris Portides 37. Observation André Kukla 38. Prediction Malcolm Forster 39. Probability Maria-Carla Galavotti 40. Reduction Sahotra Sarkar 41. Representation in Science Paul Teller 42. Scientific Discovery Thomas Nickles 43. Space and Time Oliver Pooley 44. Symmetry Margaret Morrison 45. Truthlikeness Graham Oddie 46. Unification Todd Jones 47. The Virtues of a Good Theory Ernan McMullin Part 4: The Individual Sciences 48. Biology Alexander Rosenberg 49. Chemistry Robin Findlay Hendry 50. Cognitive Science Paul Thagard 51. Economics Uskali Maki 52. Mathematics Peter Clark 53. Physics Simon Saunders 54. Psychology Richard Samuels 55. Social Sciences Harold Kincaid. Figures. Index