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The Advancement of Science: Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions
Setting a new agenda for the philosophy of science and for other "science studies" disciplines, in this book the well-known philosopher Philip Kitcher offers an innovative and detailed picture of the advancement of science. During the last three decades, reflections on the growth of scientific knowledge have inspired historians, sociologists, and some philosophers to conte ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1993)
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Jun 12, 2016 Alexander Smith rated it liked it
This book was greatly inspiring to my own work. It offers a philosophical formulation of Thomas Kuhn's "Structure" which is much closer to application than nearly all of the work prior, and yet it maintains really close relation to my understanding of what Thomas Kuhn meant. This work provides an excellent road map to some of the problems presented in prior epistemics, such that most realist (strong or weak) thinkers can develop their thoughts a little more concretely on the subject of philosoph ...more
Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University. He was the first recipient of the American Philosophical Association's Prometheus Prize for his work to expand the frontiers of science and philosophy. He is the author of many books, including most recently Deaths in Venice.More about Philip Kitcher...