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Foundations of Inference in Natural Science

Foundations of Inference in Natural Science

1st Edition

J O Wisdom
October 19, 2013

Originally published in 1952. This book is a critical survey of the views of scientific inference that have been developed since the end of World War I. It contains some detailed exposition of ideas – notably of Keynes – that were cryptically put forward, often quoted, but nowhere explained. Part I...

Experience and Theory: An Essay in the Philosophy of Science

Experience and Theory: An Essay in the Philosophy of Science

1st Edition

Stephan Korner
October 19, 2013

Originally published in 1966. This volume analyzes the general structure of scientific theories, their relation to experience and to non-scientific thought. Part One is concerned with the logic underlying empirical discourse before its subjection to the various constraints, imposed by the...

Evolutionary Theory and Christian Belief: The Unresolved Conflict

Evolutionary Theory and Christian Belief: The Unresolved Conflict

1st Edition

David Lack
October 19, 2013

Originally published in 1957. This book is concerned with the conflict between "Darwinism" as the Victorians called it, and Christianity, a conflict here re-stated in modern terms because it so vitally affects our understanding of human nature and human values today. The opening chapter describes...

Evidence and Explanation in Social Science: An Inter-disciplinary Approach

Evidence and Explanation in Social Science: An Inter-disciplinary Approach

1st Edition

Gerald Studdert-Kennedy
October 19, 2013

Originally published in 1975. The main concern of this book is the nature of the gap between the theoretical issues, raised at an abstract level by social scientists, and their facts, the material organized in an empirical analysis. The author draws on material from several disciplines to explore...

Empiricism, Explanation and Rationality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Empiricism, Explanation and Rationality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

1st Edition

Len & Roger Doyal & Harris
October 19, 2013

Originally published in 1986. All students of social science must confront a number of important philosophical issues. This introduction to the philosophy of the social sciences provides coherent answers to questions about empiricism, explanation and rationality. It evaluates contemporary writings...

The Royal Society: Concept and Creation

The Royal Society: Concept and Creation

1st Edition

Margery Purver
August 07, 2013

Originally published in 1967. The origin of the Royal Society has long been obscured by baffling discrepancies in the evidence. This volume investigates its underlying purpose and creation, at the same time uncovering the real nature of its debt to Francis Bacon and its role in the scientific...

Darwin and the Naked Lady: Discursive Essays on Biology and Art

Darwin and the Naked Lady: Discursive Essays on Biology and Art

1st Edition

Alex Comfort
August 07, 2013

Originally published in 1961. The essays in this volume focus on the awareness of science and art, evolution and Freudian psychology. Besides the chapter on Darwin and Freud, the author discusses criticism, the fantasy element in drama and popular literature, the history of the novel, the...

The Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution

1st Edition

Peter Harman
June 01, 2013

Originally published in 1983.This volume outlines some of the important innovations in astronomy, natural philosophy and medicine which took place in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and shows how the transformation in world-view during the period was affected by broader historical terms....

Objectivity, Science and Society: Interpreting nature and society in the age of the crisis of science

Objectivity, Science and Society: Interpreting nature and society in the age of the crisis of science

1st Edition

Paul A Komesaroff
April 10, 2013

Originally published in 1986. This work remains of compelling interest to those concerned with the natural sciences and their social problems. It puts forward original and unorthodox ideas about the philosophy of and sociology of science, starting from the conviction that modern societies face deep...

Soviet Marxism and Natural Science: 1917-1932

Soviet Marxism and Natural Science: 1917-1932

1st Edition

David Joravsky
April 10, 2013

Originally published in 1961. Russian Marxist philosophy of science originated among men and women who gave their whole lives to rebellion against established authority. The original tension within Marxist philosophy between positivism and metaphysics was repressed but not resolved in this first...

Evidence and Meaning: Studies in Analytic Philosophy

Evidence and Meaning: Studies in Analytic Philosophy

1st Edition

Robert J Fogelin
April 10, 2013

Originally published in 1967. This is an examination of warrant statements – statements which indicated something about the grounds on behalf of some further judgement, choice or action. The first part of the study is concerned with the role of warrant statements in theoretical discourse; while the...

Science and ESP

Science and ESP

1st Edition

J R Smythies
April 10, 2013

Originally published in 1967. Representing the viewpoints of philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, physicists, psychoanalysts, parapsychologists, psychiatrists and biologists, this volume discusses many aspects of ESP. The general theme is that the phenomena is very valid and can no longer...

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