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Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth (Philosophical Issues in Science) Paperback – December 4, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0415208192 ISBN-10: 041520819X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Philosophical Issues in Science
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041520819X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415208192
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stathis Psillos provides an analysis and defence of scientific realism that is clear, sophisticated and creative. Scientific Realism makes a sustained and substantial contribution to the philosophy of science.
–Peter Lipton, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge Unviersity

Stathis Psillos has written a superb analysis and defense of scientific realism. Scientific Realism is a fine contribution to understanding the nature of scientific knowledge.
–Paul Thagard, Professor of Philosophy, University of Waterloo

Stathis Psillos has written the definitive treatment of scientific realism. He ranges widely, from the founding fathers of modern philosophy of science, through detailed studies of crucial scientific episodes, to the intricacies of current debate. Yet he is entirely sure-footed throughout, telling us exactly what we need to know at each stage, with ease and elegance. This authoritative stufy will become an essential resource for students and experts alike
–David Papineau, Kings College London

Psillio's book presents an excellent overview of the central components of current scientific realism, the main challenges to it, and the most promising strategies for defending it.
–Gerald Doppelt, University of California, San Diego, The Philosophical Review, March 2003

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Stathis Psillos Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Athens

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nico M. Franz on January 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Psillos defends scientific realism along naturalistic lines against many positivist and post-positivist empiricist challenges, e.g as articulated by Duhem, Carnap, Laudan, Worrall, van Fraassen, and Fine. His command of empiricist philosophy is impressive (at least to me) and renders this book an excellent introduction to the current debate. Constructivism, however, is not treated here. The arguments are detailed and plausible and can be reconstructed by philosophically oriented scientists. The focus is on the physical sciences, and I wonder whether Psillos' conception of natural kinds would be all that successful in biological, historical, or social sciences. Nevertheless, the amount of synthesis of arguments in this book makes it a very valuable resource.
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