Understanding Scientific Progress: Aim-Oriented Empiricism

St. Paul, USA: Paragon House (2017)

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Nicholas Maxwell
University College London
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"Understanding Scientific Progress constitutes a potentially enormous and revolutionary advancement in philosophy of science. It deserves to be read and studied by everyone with any interest in or connection with physics or the theory of science. Maxwell cites the work of Hume, Kant, J.S. Mill, Ludwig Bolzmann, Pierre Duhem, Einstein, Henri Poincaré, C.S. Peirce, Whitehead, Russell, Carnap, A.J. Ayer, Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn, Imre Lakatos, Paul Feyerabend, Nelson Goodman, Bas van Fraassen, and numerous others. He lauds Popper for advancing beyond verificationism and Hume’s problem of induction, but faults both Kuhn and Popper for being unable to show that and how their work could lead nearer to the truth." —Dr. Lloyd Eby teaches philosophy at The George Washington University and The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC
Keywords Scientific Progress  Problem of Induction  Scientific Method  Philosophy of Science  Scientific Explanation  Theoretical Unification  Underdetermination of Theory  Philosophy of Physics  Metaphysics  Social Progress
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