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    Philip Kitcher (1993). The Advancement of Science: Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions. Oxford University Press.
    During the last three decades, reflections on the growth of scientific knowledge have inspired historians, sociologists, and some philosophers to contend that scientific objectivity is a myth. In this book, Kitcher attempts to resurrect the notions of objectivity and progress in science by identifying both the limitations of idealized treatments of growth of knowledge and the overreactions to philosophical idealizations. Recognizing that science is done not by logically omniscient subjects working in isolation, but by people with a variety of personal (...)
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    Philip Kitcher (2001). Science, Truth, and Democracy. Oxford University Press.
    Striving to boldly redirect the philosophy of science, this book by renowned philosopher Philip Kitcher examines the heated debate surrounding the role of science in shaping our lives. Kitcher explores the sharp divide between those who believe that the pursuit of scientific knowledge is always valuable and necessary--the purists--and those who believe that it invariably serves the interests of people in positions of power. In a daring turn, he rejects both perspectives, working out a more realistic image of the sciences--one (...)
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    Philip Kitcher (1989). Vaulting Ambition: Sociobiology and the Quest for Human Nature. Journal of Philosophy 86 (7):385-391.
  4. Philip Kitcher (2011). Science in a Democratic Society. Prometheus Books.
    Claims that science should be more democratic than it is frequently arouse opposition. In this essay, I distinguish my own views about the democratization of science from the more ambitious theses defended by Paul Feyerabend. I argue that it is unlikely that the complexity of some scientific debates will allow for resolution according to the methodological principles of any formal confirmation theory, suggesting instead that major revolutions rest on conflicts of values. Yet these conflicts should not be dismissed as irresoluble.
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  5. Philip Kitcher (2011). The Ethical Project. Harvard University Press.
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    Philip Kitcher & Wesley Salmon (eds.) (1989). Scientific Explanation. Univ of Minnesota Pr.
    Studdert-Kennedy, Gerald, Evidence and Explanation in Social Science. ... Kauffman, Stuart, "Articulation of Parts Explanation in Biology and the Rational ...
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    Philip Kitcher (1983). The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge. Oxford University Press.
    This book argues against the view that mathematical knowledge is a priori,contending that mathematics is an empirical science and develops historically,just as ...
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  8. Philip Kitcher (1981). Explanatory Unification. Philosophy of Science 48 (4):507-531.
    The official model of explanation proposed by the logical empiricists, the covering law model, is subject to familiar objections. The goal of the present paper is to explore an unofficial view of explanation which logical empiricists have sometimes suggested, the view of explanation as unification. I try to show that this view can be developed so as to provide insight into major episodes in the history of science, and that it can overcome some of the most serious difficulties besetting the (...)
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  9. Philip Kitcher (1992). The Naturalists Return. Philosophical Review 101 (1):53-114.
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  10. Philip Kitcher (1984). Species. Philosophy of Science 51 (2):308-333.
    I defend a view of the species category, pluralistic realism, which is designed to do justice to the insights of many different groups of systematists. After arguing that species are sets and not individuals, I proceed to outline briefly some defects of the biological species concept. I draw the general moral that similar shortcomings arise for other popular views of the nature of species. These shortcomings arise because the legitimate interests of biology are diverse, and these diverse interests are reflected (...)
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    Philip Kitcher (1987). Précis of Vaulting Ambition: Sociobiology and the Quest for Human Nature. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 10 (1):61.
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  12. Philip Kitcher (1990). The Division of Cognitive Labor. Journal of Philosophy 87 (1):5-22.
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  13. Philip Kitcher (1984). 1953 and All That. A Tale of Two Sciences. Philosophical Review 93 (3):335-373.
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    Philip Kitcher (2012). Preludes to Pragmatism: Toward a Reconstruction of Philosophy. OUP Usa.
    In these essays, distinguished philosopher Philip Kitcher argues for a reconstruction of philosophy along the lines of classical Pragmatism.
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  15. Philip Kitcher (2011). Philosophy Inside Out. Metaphilosophy 42 (3):248-260.
    Abstract: Philosophy is often conceived in the Anglophone world today as a subject that focuses on questions in particular “core areas,” pre-eminently epistemology and metaphysics. This article argues that the contemporary conception is a new version of the scholastic “self-indulgence for the few” of which Dewey complained nearly a century ago. Philosophical questions evolve, and a first task for philosophers is to address issues that arise for their own times. The article suggests that a renewal of philosophy today should turn (...)
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  16. Philip Kitcher (2007). Does 'Race' Have a Future? Philosophy and Public Affairs 35 (4):293–317.
  17. Philip Kitcher (2014). Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism. Yale University Press.
    Although there is no shortage of recent books arguing against religion, few offer a positive alternative—how anyone might live a fulfilling life without the support of religious beliefs. This enlightening book fills the gap. Philip Kitcher constructs an original and persuasive secular perspective, one that answers human needs, recognizes the objectivity of values, and provides for the universal desire for meaningfulness. Kitcher thoughtfully and sensitively considers how secularism can respond to the worries and challenges that all people confront, including the (...)
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    Philip Kitcher (1988). Vaulting Ambition. Noûs 22 (3):479-482.
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    Philip Kitcher (1989). Explanatary Unification and the Causal Structure of the World. In Philip Kitcher & Wesley Salmon (eds.), Scientific Explanation. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 410-505.
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  20. Kim Sterelny & Philip Kitcher (1988). The Return of the Gene. Journal of Philosophy 85 (7):339-361.
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    Philip Kitcher (2007). Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith. OUP USA.
    Recent debates about Intelligent Design have brought into high relief the huge schism between those who believe in Darwin and the power of science to understand the world, and those who look through the prism of religious faith. Why, asks eminent philosopher Philip Kitcher, does this debate continue to rage given that the scientific consensus in favor of Darwin is overwhelming? This accessible and elegant essay attempts to answer this question. Kitcher first presents the compelling evidence on behalf of Darwin's (...)
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    Philip Kitcher & Marcel C. La Follette (1984). Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism. Journal of the History of Biology 17 (1):147-148.
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    Philip Kitcher (2015). Experimental Animals. Philosophy and Public Affairs 43 (4):287-311.
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    Philip Kitcher, Kim Sterelny & C. Kenneth Waters (1990). The Illusory Riches of Sober's Monism. Journal of Philosophy 87 (3):158-161.
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  25. Philip Kitcher (1993). Function and Design. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 18 (1):379-397.
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  26. Philip Kitcher & Achille C. Varzi (2000). Some Pictures Are Worth 2Aleph0 Sentences. Philosophy 75 (3):377-381.
    According to the cliché a picture is worth a thousand words. But this is a canard, for it vastly underestimates the expressive power of many pictures and diagrams. In this note we show that even a simple map such as the outline of Manhattan Island, accompanied by a pointer marking North, implies a vast infinity of statements—including a vast infinity of true statements.
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  27. Philip Kitcher (2001). Real Realism: The Galilean Strategy. Philosophical Review 110 (2):151-197.
    This essay aims to disentangle various types of anti-realism, and to disarm the considerations that are deployed to support them. I distinguish empiricist versions of anti-realism from constructivist versions, and, within each of these, semantic arguments from epistemological arguments. The centerpiece of my defense of a modest version of realism - real realism - is the thought that there are resources within our ordinary ways of talking about and knowing about everyday objects that enable us to extend our claims to (...)
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    Philip Kitcher (2003). In Mendel's Mirror: Philosophical Reflections on Biology. Oxford University Press.
    Philip Kitcher is one of the leading figures in the philosophy of science today. Here he collects, for the first time, many of his published articles on the philosophy of biology, spanning from the mid-1980's to the present. The book's title refers to Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian monk who was one of the first scientists to develop a theory of heredity. Mendel's work has been deeply influential to our understanding of our selves and our world, just as the study of (...)
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  29. Philip Kitcher (2003). Science, Truth, and Democracy. Oxford University Press Usa.
    "Philip Kitcher's Science, Truth and Democracy joins generosity to argument. Throughout, Kitcher remains engaged with reason as he tries to understand, critically, the positions of realists, creationists, empiricists, and constructivists."--Peter Galison, Mallinckrodt Professor of the History of Science and of Physics, Harvard University.
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  30. P. Kyle Stanford & Philip Kitcher (2000). Refining the Causal Theory of Reference for Natural Kind Terms. Philosophical Studies 97 (1):97-127.
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    Philip Kitcher (1998). Tom Kuhn – an Appreciation. Biology and Philosophy 13 (1):1-4.
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    Philip Kitcher, James Maclaurin & Reinventing Molecular Weismannism (1998). Volume13 No. 1 January1998. Biology and Philosophy 13:631-633.
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  33. Philip Kitcher (1982). Genes. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 33 (4):337-359.
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    Philip Kitcher (1978). Theories, Theorists and Theoretical Change. Philosophical Review 87 (4):519-547.
  35. Philip Kitcher & Wesley C. Salmon (1989). Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13.
     
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  36. Philip Kitcher (2011). Militant Modern Atheism. Journal of Applied Philosophy 28 (1):1-13.
    Militant modern atheism, whose most eloquent champion is Richard Dawkins, provides an effective and necessary critique of fundamentalist forms of religion and their role in political life, both within states and across national boundaries. Because it is also presented as a more general attack on religion (tout court), it has provoked a severe reaction from scholars who regard its conception of religion as shallow and narrow. My aim is to examine this debate, identifying insights and oversights on both sides.Two distinct (...)
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    Gillian Barker & Philip Kitcher (2013). Philosophy of Science: A New Introduction. Oxford University Press.
  38. Philip Kitcher (2011). Epistemology Without History is Blind. Erkenntnis 75 (3):505-524.
    In the spirit of James and Dewey, I ask what one might want from a theory of knowledge. Much Anglophone epistemology is centered on questions that were once highly pertinent, but are no longer central to broader human and scientific concerns. The first sense in which epistemology without history is blind lies in the tendency of philosophers to ignore the history of philosophical problems. A second sense consists in the perennial attraction of approaches to knowledge that divorce knowing subjects from (...)
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    Philip Kitcher (2002). The Third Way: Reflections on Helen Longino's the Fate of Knowledge. Philosophy of Science 69 (4):549-559.
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    Philip Kitcher (2008). Carnap and the Caterpillar. Philosophical Topics 36 (1):111-127.
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  41. Philip Kitcher (2000). A Priori Knowledge Revisited. In Paul Boghossian & Christopher Peacocke (eds.), New Essays on the a Priori. Oxford Up
    a priori. Since I ended up defending an unpopular answer to this question—"No"—it’s hardly surprising that people have scrutinized the account, or that many have concluded that I stacked the deck in the first place. Of course, this was not my view of the matter. My own judgment was that I’d uncovered the tacit commitments of mathematical apriorists and that the widespread acceptance of mathematical apriorism rested on failure to ask what was needed for knowledge to be a priori . (...)
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    Philip Kitcher (1984). Against the Monism of the Moment: A Reply to Elliott Sober. Philosophy of Science 51 (4):616-630.
    In his "Discussion" (1984), Elliott Sober offers some criticisms of the view about species--pluralistic realism--advocated in my 1984. Sober's comments divide into three parts. He attempts to show that species are not sets; he responds to my critique of David Hull's thesis that species are individuals; and he offers some arguments for the claim that species are "chunks of the genealogical nexus." I consider each of these objections in turn, arguing that each of them fails. I attempt to use Sober's (...)
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    Philip Kitcher (1999). Unification as a Regulative Ideal. Perspectives on Science 7 (3):337-348.
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    Philip Kitcher (2007). Scientific Research–Who Should Govern? NanoEthics 1 (3):177-184.
    I argue that the title question needs to be taken seriously because there are important questions about how the scientific agenda should be set. Natural answers to the question – declarations of the proper autonomy of science or expressions of faith in market forces – are found inadequate. Instead, I propose a form of democracy with respect to scientific research that will avoid the obvious dangers of a tyranny of ignorance. I conclude with some modest proposals about how the ideal (...)
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  45. Philip Kitcher & Wesley Salmon (1987). Van Fraassen on Explanation. Journal of Philosophy 84 (6):315-330.
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  46. Philip Kitcher (1980). A Priori Knowledge. Philosophical Review 89 (1):3-23.
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  47. Philip Kitcher (1976). Explanation, Conjunction, and Unification. Journal of Philosophy 73 (8):207-212.
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    Philip Kitcher (2002). On the Explanatory Role of Correspondence Truth. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):346-364.
    An intuitive argument for scientific realism suggests that our successes in predicting and intervening would be inexplicable if the theories that generate them were not approximate y true. This argument faces many objections, some of which are briefly addressed in this paper, and one of which is treated in more detail. The focal criticism alleges that appeals to success cannot deliver conclusions that parts of science are true in the sense of truth-as-correspondence that realists prefer. The paper responds to that (...)
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  49. Philip Kitcher (2005). Biology and Ethics. In David Copp (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory. Oxford University Press
     
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  50. Philip Kitcher (2002). Scientific Knowledge. In Paul K. Moser (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology. Oxford University Press 385--408.
     
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