ABSTRACT

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science is an indispensable reference source and guide to the major themes, debates, problems and topics in philosophy of science. It contains sixty-two specially commissioned entries by a leading team of international contributors. Organized into four parts it covers:

  • historical and philosophical context
  • debates
  • concepts
  • the individual sciences.

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science addresses all of the essential topics that students of philosophy of science need to know - from empiricism, explanation and experiment to causation, observation, prediction and more - and contains many helpful features including chapters on individual sciences (such as biology, chemistry, physics and psychology), further reading and cross-referencing at the end of each chapter.

Expanded and revised throughout, this second edition includes new chapters on Conventionalism, Social Epistemology, Computer Simulation, Thought Experiments, Pseudoscience, Species and Taxonomy, and Cosmology.

part |119 pages

Historical and Philosophical Context

chapter |12 pages

Conventionalism

ByRobert DiSalle

chapter |12 pages

The Epistemology of Science after Quine

ByPaul A. Roth

chapter |11 pages

The History of Philosophy and the Philosophy of Science

ByJoanne Waugh, Roger Ariew

chapter |10 pages

Metaphysics

ByStephen Mumford

chapter |11 pages

Philosophy of Language

ByRod Bertolet

chapter |11 pages

The Role of Logic in Philosophy of Science

ByDiderik Batens

chapter |9 pages

Critical Rationalism

ByGürol Irzik

chapter |11 pages

The Historical Turn in the Philosophy of Science

ByAlexander Bird

chapter |13 pages

Logical Empiricism

ByThomas Uebel

chapter |9 pages

Pragmatism and Science

ByRobert Almeder

chapter |8 pages

Social Epistemology

ByK. Brad Wray

part |237 pages

Debates

chapter |12 pages

Bayesianism

ByColin Howson

chapter |11 pages

Computer Simulation

ByWendy S. Parker

chapter |14 pages

Confirmation

ByAlan Hájek, James M. Joyce

chapter |10 pages

Empiricism

ByElliott Sober

chapter |11 pages

Essentialism and Natural Kinds

ByBrian Ellis

chapter |10 pages

Ethics of Science

ByDavid B. Resnik

chapter |12 pages

Experiment

ByTheodore Arabatzis

chapter |11 pages

Explanation

ByJames Woodward

chapter |11 pages

The Feminist Approach to the Philosophy of Science

ByCassandra L. Pinnick

chapter |10 pages

Inference to the Best Explanation

ByPeter Lipton

chapter |10 pages

Laws of Nature

ByMarc Lange

chapter |11 pages

Naturalism

ByRonald N. Giere

chapter |12 pages

Realism/Anti-Realism

ByMichael Devitt

chapter |12 pages

Relativism about Science

ByMaria Baghramian

chapter |11 pages

Scientific Method

ByHoward Sankey

chapter |10 pages

Social Studies of Science

ByRobert Nola

chapter |12 pages

The Structure of Theories

BySteven French

chapter |11 pages

Theory-Change in Science

ByJohn Worrall

chapter |12 pages

Thought Experiments

ByJames Robert Brown

chapter |10 pages

Underdetermination

ByIgor Douven

chapter |12 pages

Values in Science

ByGerald Doppelt

part |213 pages

Concepts

chapter |10 pages

Causation

ByChristopher Hitchcock

chapter |10 pages

Determinism

ByBarry Loewer

chapter |12 pages

Evidence

ByPeter Achinstein

chapter |9 pages

Function

ByDenis Walsh

chapter |9 pages

Idealization

ByJames Ladyman

chapter |9 pages

Measurement

ByHasok Chang, Nancy Cartwright

chapter |9 pages

Mechanisms

ByStuart Glennan

chapter |11 pages

Models

ByDemetris Portides

chapter |9 pages

Observation

ByAndré Kukla

chapter |9 pages

Prediction

ByMalcolm Forster

chapter |11 pages

Probability

ByMaria Carla Galavotti

chapter |10 pages

Pseudoscience

ByBradley Monton

chapter |11 pages

Reduction

BySahotra Sarkar

chapter |7 pages

Representation in Science

ByPaul Teller

chapter |10 pages

Scientific Discovery

ByThomas Nickles

chapter |16 pages

Space and Time

ByOliver Pooley

chapter |8 pages

Species and Taxonomy

ByMarc Ereshefsky

chapter |10 pages

Symmetry

ByMargaret Morrison

chapter |11 pages

Truthlikeness

ByGraham Oddie

chapter |9 pages

Unification

ByTodd Jones

chapter |11 pages

The Virtues of a Good Theory

ByErnan McMullin

part |110 pages

Individual Sciences

chapter |11 pages

Biology

ByAlexander Rosenberg

chapter |11 pages

Chemistry

ByRobin Findlay Hendry

chapter |12 pages

Cognitive Science

ByPaul Thagard

chapter |12 pages

Cosmology

ByChris Smeenk

chapter |12 pages

Economics

ByUskali Mäki

chapter |12 pages

Mathematics

ByPeter Clark

chapter |14 pages

Physics

BySimon Saunders

chapter |13 pages

Psychology

ByRichard Samuels

chapter |11 pages

Social Sciences

ByHarold Kincaid