Theory and Truth
Philosophical Critique within Foundational Science
By (author) Lawrence Sklar
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Theory and Truth by Lawrence Sklar
Book DescriptionSkeptics have cast doubt on the idea that scientific theories give us a true picture of an objective world. Lawrence Sklar examines three kinds of skeptical arguments about scientific truth, and explores the important role that these play within foundational science itself, especially physics. First, doubts have been expressed about the legitimacy of claiming truth for assertions about the realm of the unobservable. Second, scientific theories have been characterized as relying heavily on idealization of the physical systems they seek to describe. Third, it is noted that scientific theories tend to be transient, and even the best currently available are expected to be replaced in the future. Sklar demonstrates that these kinds of philosophical critique are employed within science itself, and reveals the clear difference between how they operate in a scientific and in a more abstract philosophical context. The underlying theme of Theory and Truth is that science and philosophy are essential to, and inextricable from, each other. One cannot understand the methods of science except by understanding philosophy, and one cannot fruitfully pursue philosophy of science without understanding foundational science as well.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199251575
(203mm x 136mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lawrence Sklar
Physical Theory, Hardback (November 2014)
In nine new essays, distinguished philosophers of science discuss outstanding issues in scientific methodology -especially that of the physical sciences-and address philosophical questions that arise in the exploration of the foundations of contemporary science.
Philosophy and the Foundations of Dynamics, Paperback (November 2012)
Examines the main theories of dynamics, their original inception and their evolution over time into contemporary foundational theories.
Nature of Scientific Theory, Hardback (March 2000)» View all books by Lawrence Sklar
First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Author Biography - Lawrence Sklar
Lawrence Sklar is William K. Frankena Collegiate Professor and Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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