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Science and Hypothesis The Complete Text by Henri Poincare Science and Hypothesis The Complete Text

Science and Hypothesis is a classic text in history and philosophy of science. Widely popular since its original publication in 1902, this first new translation of the work in over a century features unpublished material missing from earlier editions. Addressing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/11/2017

Physics Avoidance and other essays in conceptual strategy by Mark Wilson Physics Avoidance and other essays in conceptual strategy

Mark Wilson explores our strategies for understanding the world. We frequently cannot reason about nature in the straightforward manner we anticipate, but must use alternative thought processes that reach useful answers in opaque and roundabout ways; and philosophy must find...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

Decision Theory with a Human Face by Richard (London School of Economics and Political Science) Bradley Decision Theory with a Human Face

Explores how decision-makers can manage uncertainty that varies in both kind and severity by extending and supplementing Bayesian decision theory.
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/10/2017

Niels Bohr and the Philosophy of Physics Twenty-First-Century Perspectives by Jan (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Faye Niels Bohr and the Philosophy of Physics Twenty-First-Century Perspectives
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Niels Bohr and Philosophy of Physics: Twenty-First Century Perspectives examines the philosophical views, influences and legacy of the Nobel Prize physicist and philosophical spokesman of the quantum revolution, Niels Bohr. The sixteen contributions in this collection by some of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

A Minimalist Ontology of the Natural World by Michael (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) Esfeld, Dirk-Andre (Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany) Deckert A Minimalist Ontology of the Natural World
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This book seeks to work out which commitments are minimally sufficient to obtain an ontology of the natural world that matches all of today's well-established physical theories. The authors propose an ontology of the natural world that is defined only...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

Order Out of Chaos Man's New Dialogue with Nature by Ilya Prigogine, Isabelle Stengers Order Out of Chaos Man's New Dialogue with Nature
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A pioneering book that shows how the two great themes of classic science, order and chaos, are being reconciled in a new and unexpected synthesis.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2017

Reflections on Human Inquiry Science, Philosophy, and Common Life by Nirmalangshu Mukherji Reflections on Human Inquiry Science, Philosophy, and Common Life

This original volume examines forms and limits of human inquiry from a largely sceptical point of view. At one point in human history it was thought that modern science, especially theoretical physics, is the paradigm of human inquiry.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2017

The World, the Flesh and the Devil An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul by J. D. Bernal The World, the Flesh and the Devil An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul

A pioneering book proposing a transhumanist vision of the future, from one of the most influential visionary scientists of the twentieth century
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2017

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David Hilbert's Notebooks and General Foundational Lectures by William Bragg Ewald David Hilbert's Notebooks and General Foundational Lectures

Contains a selection of material exhibiting many of David Hilbert's philosophical and foundational views on particular theories and the exact sciences in general, drawn from his private notebooks and from lectures for general audiences held in the 1920s.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/11/2017

Vital Forces, Teleology and Organization Philosophy of Nature and the Rise of Biology in Germany by Andrea Gambarotto Vital Forces, Teleology and Organization Philosophy of Nature and the Rise of Biology in Germany

This comprehensive account of vitalism and the German philosophy of nature in the eighteenth century proposes an innovative thesis. The author restates the theories formulated by the Gottingen School, but also shows that some of its central tenets are drawn...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/12/2017

Science Unlimited? The Challenges of Scientism by Maarten Boudry Science Unlimited? The Challenges of Scientism

All too often in contemporary discourse, we hear about science overstepping its proper limits about its brazenness, arrogance, and intellectual imperialism. The problem, critics say, is scientism: the privileging of science over all other ways of knowing. Science, they warn,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/12/2017

Science Unlimited? The Challenges of Scientism by Maarten Boudry Science Unlimited? The Challenges of Scientism

All too often in contemporary discourse, we hear about science overstepping its proper limits about its brazenness, arrogance, and intellectual imperialism. The problem, critics say, is scientism: the privileging of science over all other ways of knowing. Science, they warn,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2017

Best Explanations New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation by Kevin (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama, Birmingham) McCain Best Explanations New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation
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Twenty philosophers offer new essays examining the form of reasoning known as inference to the best explanation - widely used in science and in our everyday lives, yet still controversial. Best Explanations represents the state of the art when it...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/12/2017

Models, Simulations, and Representations by Paul (University of Virginia, USA) Humphreys Models, Simulations, and Representations
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Although scientific models and simulations differ in numerous ways, they are similar in so far as they are posing essentially philosophical problems about the nature of representation. This collection is designed to bring together some of the best work on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/12/2017

Conservative Reductionism by Michael (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) Esfeld, Christian (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) Sachse Conservative Reductionism
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Conservative Reductionism sets out a new theory of the relationship between physics and the special sciences within the framework of functionalism. It argues that it is wrong-headed to conceive an opposition between functional and physical properties (or functional and physical...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/12/2017

Realism, Science, and Pragmatism by Kenneth R. (Bogazici UEniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey) Westphal Realism, Science, and Pragmatism
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This collection of original essays aims to reinvigorate the debate surrounding philosophical realism in relation to philosophy of science, pragmatism, epistemology, and theory of perception. Questions concerning realism are as current and as ancient as philosophy itself; this volume explores...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/12/2017

Scientific Collaboration and Collective Knowledge New Essays by Michael Weisberg Scientific Collaboration and Collective Knowledge New Essays

Current scientific research almost always requires collaboration among several (if not several hundred) specialized researchers. When scientists co-author a journal article, who deserves credit for discoveries or blame for errors? How should scientific institutions promote fruitful collaborations among scientists? In...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/12/2017

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Science by Shamik Dasgupta Current Controversies in Philosophy of Science

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Science asks twelve philosophers to debate six questions (two philosophers per debate) that are driving contemporary work in this area of philosophy. But each question also leads readers back to more general issues and shows...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/12/2017

Wittgenstein and Naturalism by Kevin M. Cahill Wittgenstein and Naturalism

Wittgenstein was centrally concerned with the puzzling nature of the mind, mathematics, morality and modality. He also developed innovative views about the status and methodology of philosophy and was explicitly opposed to crudely scientistic worldviews. His later thought has thus...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/12/2017

Another Science is Possible A Manifesto for Slow Science by Isabelle Stengers Another Science is Possible A Manifesto for Slow Science

Like fast food, fast science is quickly prepared, not particularly good and it clogs up the system. Efforts to tackle our most pressing issues, like global warming, have been stymied by conflict within the scientific community and mixed messages, symptomatic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/12/2017

Another Science is Possible A Manifesto for Slow Science by Isabelle Stengers Another Science is Possible A Manifesto for Slow Science

Like fast food, fast science is quickly prepared, not particularly good and it clogs up the system. Efforts to tackle our most pressing issues, like global warming, have been stymied by conflict within the scientific community and mixed messages, symptomatic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/12/2017

Beyond the Dynamical Universe Unifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced by Michael (Professor, Department of Philosophy, Elizabethtown College, USA) Silberstein, W.M. (Professor of physics, Eli Stuckey Beyond the Dynamical Universe Unifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced
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A novel approach to the unresolved issues of theoretical physics and the philosophy/foundations of physics.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/12/2017

Knowledge Communities in Europe Exchange, Integration and Its Limits by Bertold Schweitzer Knowledge Communities in Europe Exchange, Integration and Its Limits

The publication presents research results on a multitude of knowledge exchange processes in post-enlightenment Europe.
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/12/2017

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Understanding, Explanation, and Scientific Knowledge by Kareem (Middlebury College, Vermont) Khalifa Understanding, Explanation, and Scientific Knowledge
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First comprehensive exploration of the nature and value of understanding, addressing burgeoning debates in epistemology and philosophy of science.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science by William M. R. Simpson Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science

The last two decades have seen two significant trends emerging within the philosophy of science: the rapid development and focus on the philosophy of the specialised sciences, and a resurgence of Aristotelian metaphysics, much of which is concerned with the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics by Robert W. Batterman The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics

This Handbook provides an overview of many of the topics that currently engage philosophers of physics. It surveys new issues and the problems that have become a focus of attention in recent years. It also provides up-to-date discussions of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/09/2017

Pragmatic Idealism and Scientific Prediction A Philosophical System and Its Approach to Prediction in Science by Amanda Guillan Pragmatic Idealism and Scientific Prediction A Philosophical System and Its Approach to Prediction in Science

This monograph analyzes Nicholas Rescher's system of pragmatic idealism. and III) From Reality to Values: Ontological Features, Axiological Elements, and Ethical Aspects of Scientific Prediction. This insightful analysis offers a critical reconstruction of Rescher's philosophy.
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2017

Aha! The Moments of Insight that Shape Our World by William B. (Professor of Philosophy, Wright State University) Irvine Aha! The Moments of Insight that Shape Our World
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Great ideas often develop gradually after studying a problem at length-but not always. Sometimes, an insight hits like a bolt from the blue. For Archimedes, clarity struck while he was taking a bath. For Gustav Mahler, it came as the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Understanding Scientific Understanding by Henk W. (Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) De Regt Understanding Scientific Understanding
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Understanding is a central aim of science and highly important in present-day society. But what precisely is scientific understanding and how can it be achieved? This book answers these questions, through philosophical analysis and historical case studies, and presents a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/08/2017

: Science as a Questioning Process by Nigel Sanitt : Science as a Questioning Process


Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2017

The New Mechanical Philosophy by Stuart (Butler University) Glennan The New Mechanical Philosophy

This volume argues for a new image of science that understands both natural and social phenomena to be the product of mechanisms, casting the work of science as an effort to understand those mechanisms. Glennan offers an account of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

The Union of Chemistry and Physics Linkages, Reduction, Theory Nets and Ontology by Hinne Hettema The Union of Chemistry and Physics Linkages, Reduction, Theory Nets and Ontology

This monograph deals with the interrelationship between chemistry and physics, and especially the role played by quantum chemistry as a theory in between these two disciplines.
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/08/2017

A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age Scientific Habits of Mind by David J. Helfand A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age Scientific Habits of Mind

We live in the Information Age, with billions of bytes of data just two swipes away. Yet how much of this is mis- or even disinformation? A lot of it is, and your search engine can't tell the difference. As...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/08/2017

Cultural Evolution Conceptual Challenges by Tim (Clare College, Cambridge) Lewens Cultural Evolution Conceptual Challenges
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Tim Lewens explores what it means to take an evolutionary approach to cultural change, and why this approach is often treated with suspicion. He makes an original case for the value of evolutionary thinking for students of culture, and shows...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017

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