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
What constitutes a good inductive argument?
45
The appeal of inductivism
53
Introducing Thomas Kuhn
107
The function of normal science and revolutions
117
Research programs
130
Problems with Lakatoss methodology
144
Critique of Feyerabends individualism
157
A lighthearted interlude
171
Critique of subjective Bayesianism
187
The new experimentalism
193

Introducing falsificationism
59
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
Happy meetings of theory and experiment
210
Further reading
225
Scientific realism and conjectural realism
238
Further reading
253
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