Theory and Truth. Philosophical Critique within Foundational Science (Relié)

Lawrence Sklar

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Skeptics have cast doubt on the idea that scientific theories give us a true picture of an objective world. Lawrence Sklar examines three kinds of skeptical arguments about scientific truth, and explores the important role that these play within foundational science itself, especially physics. First, doubts have been expressed about the legitimacy of claiming truth for assertions about the realm of the unobservable. Second, scientific theories have been characterized as relying heavily on idealization of the physical systems they seek to describe. Third, it is noted that scientific theories tend to be transient, and even the best currently available are expected to be replaced in the future. Sklar demonstrates that these kinds of philosophical critique are employed within science itself, and reveals the clear difference between how they operate in a scientific and in a more abstract philosophical context. The underlying theme of Theory and Truth is that science and philosophy are essential to, and inextricable from, each other. One cannot understand the methods of science except by understanding philosophy, and one cannot fruitfully pursue philosophy of science without understanding foundational science as well. Theory and Truth is a revised version of the John Locke Lectures delivered by Professor Sklar at the University of Oxford in 1998.
  • THEORY AND TRUTH
    • Suggested Readings
  • ONTOLOGICAL ELIMINATION
    • Ontological Elimination Founded on Critique
    • Features Other than Critique that Motivate Eliminative Reinterpretations
    • Common Elements in Critical Reconstructions
    • Some Varieties of the Notion of "Observational Content" and of the Elimination of the Unobservable
    • Doubts Concerning Naturalisms
    • The Place of Global Empiricist Programs
  • IDEALIZATION
    • The Non-Isolability of Systems
    • The Partial Nature of Theories
    • The Role of Limits
    • Models
  • TRANSIENCE
    • Kinds of Cognitive Attitudes
    • Thinning Content
    • Dealing with Transience within Science
    • Reconstructing the Present as a Guide to the Future
    • Theories about our Theories
  • Date de parution : 21/06/2000
  • Editeur : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN : 0-19-823849-5
  • EAN : 9780198238492
  • Présentation : Relié
  • Nb. de pages : 153 pages
  • Poids : 0.29 Kg
  • Dimensions : 13,9 cm × 21,0 cm × 1,4 cm

Biographie de Lawrence Sklar

Lawrence Sklar is William K. Frankena Collegiate Professor and Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His 1974 book Space, Time, and Spacetime won the Matchette Prize for the outstanding philosophical book of the year; his other books are Philosophy and Spacetime Physics (1985), Philosophy of Physics (l 992), and Physics and Chance (1993) which received the Lakatos Award.

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