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Science without Laws

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Debate over the nature of science has recently moved from the halls of academia into the public sphere, where it has taken shape as the "science wars." At issue is the question of whether scientific knowledge is objective and universal or socially mediated, whether scientific truths are independent of human values and beliefs. Ronald Giere is a philosopher of science who ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by University Of Chicago Press
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Mar 29, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
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An interesting set of essays on a fascinating set of ideas in contemporary philosophy of science. The book reads as Giere laying down the precursors of his preferred form of methodological naturalism, a view that reaches a more mature form in his more recent Scientific Perspectivism.

As the essays are spread out by topic matter, there is a little here for even the layman interested in an "insider's" look at both the practice of science and the philosopher's reflections on them. Not everyone will
Sep 04, 2008 Will rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone tired of logical positivists.
Some books have an overarching theme that flows across chapters. Giere's text has one theme that's repeated 12 times. The book is at it's most interesting when the author recounts the history of 20th century philosophy of science. His interpretation of logical empiricism's rise is so interesting that I didn't mind reading it three times over. I can't say the same for the rest of the text which beats around the "model-based reasoning" bush delivering a vague course of action for the field.

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