The Nature of Scientific Knowledge : an Explanatory Approach / by Kevin McCain

By: McCain, Kevin [author.]Contributor(s): Ohio Library and Information NetworkMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Springer Undergraduate Texts in PhilosophyPublisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2016Description: 1 online resource (XIII, 277 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783319334059; 3319334050Subject(s): Philosophy | Knowledge, Theory of | Philosophy and science | Science -- Study and teachingGenre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 501 LOC classification: B67Online resources: Click here to access online | Click here to access online | SpringerLink Connect to resource (off-campus)
Contents:
Preface -- The Importance of Understanding the Nature of Scientific Knowledge -- Part I: General Features of Knowledge -- The Traditional Account of Knowledge -- Belief -- Truth -- Justification -- Evidence -- Basing a Belief on the Evidence -- A Problem for the Traditional Account of Knowledge -- Part II: Knowledge of Scientific Claims -- Explanation and Understanding -- From Explanation to Knowledge -- Part III: Challenges to Scientific Knowledge -- Skepticism about the External World -- Skepticism about Induction -- Empirical Evidence of Irrationality -- Anti-Realism about Science -- Part IV: Social Dimensions of Scientific Knowledge -- Gaining Scientific Knowledge from Others -- Knowledge in a Scientific Community -- Looking Back and Looking Forward -- Notes -- References -- Index
Summary: This book offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the epistemology of science. It not only introduces readers to the general epistemological discussion of the nature of knowledge, but also provides key insights into the particular nuances of scientific knowledge. No prior knowledge of philosophy or science is assumed by The Nature of Scientific Knowledge. Nevertheless, the reader is taken on a journey through several core concepts of epistemology and philosophy of science that not only explores the characteristics of the scientific knowledge of individuals but also the way that the development of scientific knowledge is a particularly social endeavor. The topics covered in this book are of keen interest to students of epistemology and philosophy of science as well as science educators interested in the nature of scientific knowledge. In fact, as a result of its clear and engaging approach to understanding scientific knowledge The Nature of Scientific Knowledge is a book that anyone interested in scientific knowledge, knowledge in general, and any of a myriad of related concepts would be well advised to study closely
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Preface -- The Importance of Understanding the Nature of Scientific Knowledge -- Part I: General Features of Knowledge -- The Traditional Account of Knowledge -- Belief -- Truth -- Justification -- Evidence -- Basing a Belief on the Evidence -- A Problem for the Traditional Account of Knowledge -- Part II: Knowledge of Scientific Claims -- Explanation and Understanding -- From Explanation to Knowledge -- Part III: Challenges to Scientific Knowledge -- Skepticism about the External World -- Skepticism about Induction -- Empirical Evidence of Irrationality -- Anti-Realism about Science -- Part IV: Social Dimensions of Scientific Knowledge -- Gaining Scientific Knowledge from Others -- Knowledge in a Scientific Community -- Looking Back and Looking Forward -- Notes -- References -- Index

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This book offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the epistemology of science. It not only introduces readers to the general epistemological discussion of the nature of knowledge, but also provides key insights into the particular nuances of scientific knowledge. No prior knowledge of philosophy or science is assumed by The Nature of Scientific Knowledge. Nevertheless, the reader is taken on a journey through several core concepts of epistemology and philosophy of science that not only explores the characteristics of the scientific knowledge of individuals but also the way that the development of scientific knowledge is a particularly social endeavor. The topics covered in this book are of keen interest to students of epistemology and philosophy of science as well as science educators interested in the nature of scientific knowledge. In fact, as a result of its clear and engaging approach to understanding scientific knowledge The Nature of Scientific Knowledge is a book that anyone interested in scientific knowledge, knowledge in general, and any of a myriad of related concepts would be well advised to study closely

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