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The Structure of Science: Problems in the Logic of Scientific Explanation (2nd edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0915144716
ISBN-10: 0915144719
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Ernest Nagel's work, The Structure of Science, has earned for itself the status of an outstanding standard work in its field. It offers an exceptionally thorough and comprehensive methodological and philosophical exploration encountered in those diverse fields. Nagel's discussion is distinguished by the lucidity of its style, the incisiveness of its reasoning, and the solidity of its grounding in all the major branches of scientific inquiry. The Structure of Science has become a highly influential work that is widely invoked in the methodological and philosophical literature. Recent controversies between analytics and historic-sociological approaches to the philosophy of science have not diminished its significance; in fact, it seems to me that the pragmatist component in Nagel's thinking may be helpful for efforts to develop a rapprochement between the contending schools. --Carl G. Hempel

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 618 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 2nd edition (June 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915144719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915144716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Scholastic Reader on July 12, 2008
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There's lots of talk over what "science" really is and what constitutes "scienticity". Despite the fact that the word science comes from the Latin word "scientia" (literally meaning "knowledge"), it seems many have idealized or reified versions of it in mind, not a realistic version. Some seem to blindly and ignorantly assume that science is "empirical" or "conclusive" or "objective" or "strictly observationally based" or "skeptical" or "exclusively inductive" or "not deductive" other simplified maxims popularized by popular science magazines, books, and channels [National Geographic, Discovery, Scientific American, etc]. Research journals and academic writings, on the other hand, generally show more realistic complexities that are common among scientists and science. In reality, science really is all over the place and cannot be purged of emotions, humanity, or bias. Basic things people do inevitably play key roles in science like inquiry, thought, and reasoning as the basis of investigations of nature. These are also the basis for investigating local events, picking a car insurance wisely, managing ones own money, and solving personal problems. This work describes with heavy detail the very "nature" of science and Ernest Nagel does a phenomenal job of putting science where it belongs implicitly - as philosophy. Not only that but the fact that he includes discourse on the social sciences is worth getting the book. Many times when people or the media talk about science they seem to ignore or downplay the social sciences as if they were not sciences or treat them as weak/soft sciences.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Cavallo on December 23, 2014
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I studied this book many years ago in graduate school. Loved it then; love it now.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By catshadow on February 13, 2013
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it's the 2nd edition, though i didn't find any difference between them. the new one is not expensive, why not own it?
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