Knowledge and Reference in Empirical Science (International Library of Philosophy 2)
By: Jody Azzouni (author)Paperback
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Knowledge and Reference in Empirical Science is a fascinating study of the bounds between science and language: in what sense, and of what, does science provide knowledge? Is science an instrument only distantly related to what's real? Can the language of science be used to adequately describe the truth? In this book, Jodi Azziouni investigates the technology of science - the actual forging and exploiting of causal links, between ourselves and what we endeavor to know and understand.
Preface Acknowledgments General Introduction Part 1. Procedural Foundationalism 1. Introduction to Part 1 2. Program and scope 3. Reductionism, Confirmation Holism, Theoretical Deductivism 4. Some Observations on Reductionism and the "Autonomy" of the Special Sciences 5. Some Comments on the Philosophical Implications of the Use of Idealizations in Science 6. Gross Regularities 7. Procedures and Perceptual Procedures 8. Shedding Perceptual Procedures 9. Conclusion to Part 1 Part 2. Two-tiered coherentism 1. Introduction to Part 2 2. Evidential Centrality 3. Observational Regularities 4. Kuhnian Considerations and the Accumulation of Knowledge 5. Perceptual Impermeability and Biotechnical Incommensurability 6. Methodological Observations about Epistemology, Scepticism and Truth Part 3. Permuting Reference 1. Introduction to Part 3 2. Formal Considerations 3. Quine's Version 4. Field's Version 5. Putnam's Version 6. The Ontological Status of Causality 7. Some Puzzles about Reference 8. Conclusion to Part 3 Part 4. The Transcendence of Reference 1. Introduction to Part 4 2. Troubles for Naive Naturalism 3. The Elusivity of Reference 4. Causality and Reference: an Analysis 5. Transcending Procedures 6. Transcendence and its Discontents Bibliography Index
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