What Is Scientific Knowledge? is a much-needed collection of introductory-level chapters on the epistemology of science. Renowned historians, philosophers, science educators, and cognitive scientists have authored 19 original contributions specifically for this volume. The chapters, accessible for students in both philosophy and the sciences, serve as helpful introductions to the primary debates surrounding scientific knowledge. First-year undergraduates can readily understand the variety of discussions in the volume, and yet advanced students and scholars will encounter chapters rich enough to engage their many interests. The variety and coverage in this volume make it the perfect choice for the primary text in courses on scientific knowledge. It can also be used as a supplemental book in classes in epistemology, philosophy of science, and other related areas.
* an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the epistemology of science for a wide variety of students (both undergraduate- and graduate-level) and researchers
* written by an international team of senior researchers and the most promising junior scholars
* addresses several questions that students and lay people interested in science may already have, including questions about how scientific knowledge is gained, its nature, and the challenges it faces.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part I|2 pages
How Is Scientific Knowledge Generated?
chapter 2|15 pages
What Attitude Should Scientists Have?
part II|2 pages
What Is the Nature of Scientific Knowledge?
part III|2 pages
Does Bias Affect Our Access to Scientific Knowledge?
chapter 11|16 pages
Why Do Logically Incompatible Beliefs Seem Psychologically Compatible?
chapter 13|17 pages
Can Scientific Knowledge Sift the Wheat from the Tares?
chapter 14|14 pages
What Grounds Do We Have for the Validity of Scientific Findings?
chapter 15|16 pages
Is Science Really Value Free and Objective?
part IV|2 pages
Is Scientific Knowledge Limited?