Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science
Hitchcock (Christopher), Ed.
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Synopsis

    Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science features original essays on some of the most hotly debated issues in the field. Are there laws of social science? Are causes physically connected to their effects? Is the mind a system of modules shaped by natural selection? Eight central questions shape the volume, with each question treated by a pair of opposing essays. This distinctive format offers readers a unique opportunity to observe philosophers engaging in head-to-head debate. Together, the essays provide an accessible introduction to the major topics in contemporary philosophy of science, including empiricism, confirmation, realism, laws, causation, and explanation. Showcasing original arguments for well-defined positions, as well as clear and concise statements of sophisticated philosophical views, this volume is an excellent resource for professional philosophers and students alike.

Contents
    About the Contributors
    Preface
    Introduction: What is the Philosophy of Science
    Part I: Do Thought Experiments1 Transcend Empiricism?
  1. Why Thought Experiments2 Transcend Empiricism: James Robert Brown (University of Toronto)
  2. Why Thought Experiments3 do not Transcend Empiricism: John Norton (University of Pittsburgh)
    Part II: Does Probability Capture the Logic of Scientific Confirmation or Justification?
  3. Probability Captures the Logic of Scientific Confirmation: Patrick Maher (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  4. Why Probability Does not Capture the Logic of Scientific Justification: Kevin Kelly (Carnegie Mellon University) and Clark Glymour (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Part III: Can a Theory's Predictive Success Warrant Belief in the Unobservable Entities it Postulates?
  5. A Theory's Predictive Success Can Warrant Belief in the Unobservable Entities it Postulates: Jarrett Leplin (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
  6. A Theory's Predictive Success Does not Warrant Belief in the Unobservable Entities it Postulates: André Kukla (University of Toronto) and Joel Walmsley (University of Toronto)
    Part IV: Are There Laws in the Social Sciences?
  7. There are no Laws in the Social Sciences: John Roberts (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  8. There are Laws in the Social Sciences: Harold Kincaid (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
    Part V: Are Causes Physically Connected to their Effects?
  9. Causes are Physically Connected to Their Effects: Why Preventers and Omissions are not Causes: Phil Dowe (University of Queensland, Australia)
  10. Causes Need Not be Physically Connected to their Effects: The Case for Negative Causation: Jonathan Schaffer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
    Part VI: Is There a Puzzle about the Low Entropy Past?
  11. On the Origins of the Arrow of Time: Why There is Still a Puzzle About the Low Entropy Past: Huw Price (University of Edinburgh)
  12. There is No Puzzle About the Low Entropy Past: Craig Callender
    Part VII: Do Genes Encode Information About Phenotypic Traits?
  13. Genes Encode Information for Phenotypic Traits: Sahotra Sarkar (University of Texas at Austin)
  14. Genes Do not Encode Information for Phenotypic Traits: Peter Godfrey-Smith (Stanford University)
    Part VIII: Is the Mind a System of Modules Shaped by Natural Selection?
  15. The Mind is a System of Modules Shaped by Natural Selection: Peter Carruthers (University of Maryland)
  16. The Mind is Not (Just) a System of Modules Shaped (Just) by Natural Selection: Fiona Cowie (California Institute of Technology) and James Woodward (California Institute of Technology)
    Index

BOOK COMMENT:

Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2004



"Brown (James Robert) - Why Thought Experiments Transcend Empiricism"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science, 2004



"Callender (Craig) - There is No Puzzle About the Low Entropy Past"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Carruthers (Peter) - The Mind is a System of Modules Shaped by Natural Selection"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Cowie (Fiona) & Woodward (James) - The Mind is Not (Just) a System of Modules Shaped (Just) by Natural Selection"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Dowe (Phil) - Causes are Physically Connected to Their Effects: Why Preventers and Omissions are not Causes"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Godfrey-Smith (Peter) - Genes Do not Encode Information for Phenotypic Traits"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science, 2004



"Hitchcock (Christopher) - Introduction: What is the Philosophy of Science"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Kelly (Kevin) - Why Probability Does not Capture the Logic of Scientific Justification"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Kincaid (Harold) - There are Laws in the Social Sciences"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Kukla (André) & Walmsley (Joel) - A Theory's Predictive Success Does not Warrant Belief in the Unobservable Entities it Postulates"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Leplin (Jarrett) - A Theory's Predictive Success Can Warrant Belief in the Unobservable Entities it Postulates"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Maher(Patrick) - Probability Captures the Logic of Scientific Confirmation"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Norton (John) - Why Thought Experiments do not Transcend Empiricism"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Price (Huw) - On the Origins of the Arrow of Time: Why There is Still a Puzzle About the Low Entropy Past"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Roberts (John) - There are no Laws in the Social Sciences"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Sarkar (Sahotra) - Genes Encode Information for Phenotypic Traits"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



"Schaffer (Jonathan) - Causes Need Not be Physically Connected to their Effects: The Case for Negative Causation"

Source: Hitchcock (Christopher) - Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Science,, 2004



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