What is this Thing Called Science?

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 1999 - 266 pages
An introductory textbook designed to explore the philosophy of science with minimal use of technical terms.

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Seeing is believing
4
Observable facts expressed as statements
10
Further reading
18
Observable facts objective but fallible
24
historical
31
Experiment as an adequate basis for science
38
Further problems with inductivism
49
Further reading
58
Problems with Lakatoss methodology
144
Feyerabends case against method
150
Critique of Feyerabends individualism
157
a change in standards
163
A lighthearted interlude
171
Subjective Bayesianism
177
Critique of subjective Bayesianism
187
The new experimentalism
193

Degree of falsifiability clarity and precision
65
Further reading
73
Boldness novelty and background knowledge
81
The limitations of falsificationism
87
Inadequacies of the falsificationist demarcation criterion
101
Introducing Thomas Kuhn
107
The function of normal science and revolutions
117
Objective knowledge
124
Research programs
130
Methodology within a program and the comparison
136
Learning from error and triggering revolutions
202
Happy meetings of theory and experiment
210
Laws as characterisations of powers or dispositions
217
Further reading
225
Antirealism
232
Scientific realism and conjectural realism
238
Further reading
246
Further reading
253
Index of names
264
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