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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. It also looks at his approach to prediction in science. Coverage highlights a prominent contribution to a central topic in the philosophy and methodology of science. The author offers a full...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Challenging the Modern Synthesis Adaptation, Development, and Inheritance by Philippe Huneman Challenging the Modern Synthesis Adaptation, Development, and Inheritance

This volume of original essays surveys recent challenges to the Modern Synthesis theory of evolution that arise from empirical advances in the understanding of evolution since the advent of the 21st century. It presents a spectrum of views by philosophers...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2017

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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How have the world's great thinkers, politicians, mathematicians, and religious figures reached their transformative moments of insight? Are there lessons to be learned from their experiences? William B. Irvine takes up these questions and others that relate to what he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

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. The author uses structuralist approach to explore the overlap between the two sciences, looking...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/08/2017

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: 17/08/2017

: 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

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

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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: 30/09/2017

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

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. Human beings are endowed with cognitive agency. Our grasp of the world, and of ourselves, are not merely responses to external stimuli; they...
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

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

A Minimalist Ontology of the Natural World by Michael (University of Lausanne Switzerland) Esfeld A Minimalist Ontology of the Natural World

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

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

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: 01/11/2017

Derrida after the End of Writing Political Theology and New Materialism by Clayton Crockett Derrida after the End of Writing Political Theology and New Materialism

This book offers a new materialist interpretation of Derrida's later work, including his engagements with religion and politics. It argues that there is a shift from a context or background motor scheme of writing to what Derrida calls the machinic,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

Monkey Trouble The Scandal of Posthumanism by Christopher Peterson Monkey Trouble The Scandal of Posthumanism

Monkey Trouble explores the turn toward immanence in contemporary posthumanism, which aims to extend hospitality to animals, plants, and even insentient things. This book argues that the displacement of anthropocentrism must cultivate a human/nonhuman relationality that affirms the immanent transcendency...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

Derrida after the End of Writing Political Theology and New Materialism by Clayton Crockett Derrida after the End of Writing Political Theology and New Materialism

This book offers a new materialist interpretation of Derrida's later work, including his engagements with religion and politics. It argues that there is a shift from a context or background motor scheme of writing to what Derrida calls the machinic,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

Monkey Trouble The Scandal of Posthumanism by Christopher Peterson Monkey Trouble The Scandal of Posthumanism

Monkey Trouble explores the turn toward immanence in contemporary posthumanism, which aims to extend hospitality to animals, plants, and even insentient things. This book argues that the displacement of anthropocentrism must cultivate a human/nonhuman relationality that affirms the immanent transcendency...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

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: 01/11/2017

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

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

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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

Scientific Ontology Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology by Anjan Chakravartty Scientific Ontology Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology

Both science and philosophy are interested in questions of ontology - questions about what exists and what these things are like. Science and philosophy, however, seem like very different ways of investigating the world, so how should one proceed? Some...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2017

The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy by Stuart Glennan The Routledge Handbook of Mechanisms and Mechanical Philosophy

Scientists studying the burning of stars, the evolution of species, DNA, the brain, the economy, and social change, all frequently describe their work as searching for mechanisms. Despite this fact, for much of the twentieth century philosophical discussions of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2017

What Makes Time Special? by Craig (Professor of Philosophy, University of California) Callender What Makes Time Special?
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The flow of time is a deep, significant and universal aspect of human life. Yet it remains a mystery and many dismiss the flow of time as illusory. Craig Callender explores this puzzle, and offers a fascinating explanation of why...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/07/2017

Exploring Inductive Risk Case Studies of Values in Science by Kevin C. (Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Philosophy, Michigan State U Elliott Exploring Inductive Risk Case Studies of Values in Science
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This book brings together eleven case studies of inductive risk-the chance that scientific inference is incorrect-that range over a wide variety of scientific contexts and fields. The chapters are designed to illustrate the pervasiveness of inductive risk, assist scientists and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2017

Exploring Inductive Risk Case Studies of Values in Science by Kevin C. (Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Philosophy, Michigan State U Elliott Exploring Inductive Risk Case Studies of Values in Science
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This book brings together eleven case studies of inductive risk-the chance that scientific inference is incorrect-that range over a wide variety of scientific contexts and fields. The chapters are designed to illustrate the pervasiveness of inductive risk, assist scientists and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2017

Environments of Intelligence From Natural Information to Artificial Interaction by Hajo Greif Environments of Intelligence From Natural Information to Artificial Interaction

What is the role of the environment, and of the information it provides, in cognition? More specifically, may there be a role for certain artefacts to play in this context? These are questions that motivate 4E theories of cognition (as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2017

Undeniable by Douglas Axe Undeniable


Format: Paperback - Released: 27/06/2017

The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy by Richard (Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona) Healey The Quantum Revolution in Philosophy
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Quantum theory launched a revolution in physics. But we have yet to understand the revolution's significance for philosophy. Richard Healey opens a path to such understanding. The first part of this book offers a self-contained but opinionated introduction to quantum...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017

The Language of Plants Science, Philosophy, Literature by Monica Gagliano The Language of Plants Science, Philosophy, Literature

Exploring the idea that plants can think, feel, and communicate as a way of reconfiguring our relationship with the natural world
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/06/2017

Logical Empiricism and Pragmatism by Sami Pihlstrom Logical Empiricism and Pragmatism

This book explores the complexity of two philosophical traditions, extending from their origins to the current developments in neopragmatism. Chapters deal with the first encounters of these traditions and beyond, looking at metaphysics and the Vienna circle as well as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/06/2017

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