Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series)

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"This volume presents an attempt to construct a unified cognitive theory of science in relatively short compass. It confronts the strong program in sociology of science and the positions of various postpositivist philosophers of science, developing significant alternatives to each in a reeadily comprehensible sytle. It draws loosely on recent developments in cognitive science, without burdening the argument with detailed results from that source. . . . The book is thus a provocative one. Perhaps that is a measure of its value: it will lead scholars and serious student from a number of science studies disciplines into continued and sharpened debate over fundamental questions."—Richard Burian, Isis

"The writing is delightfully clear and accessible. On balance, few books advance our subject as well."—Paul Teller, Philosophy of Science

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Explaining Science challenges fundamental presuppositions of both the philosophy and the sociology of science. Finding a naturalistic middle ground between positivism and relativism, Ronald N. Giere suggests that scientific theories are families of models (similar to the 'cognitive maps' or 'mental models' of cognitive science) that reflect scientists' cognitive interactions with the world they observe.

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Ronald N. Giere is professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Understanding Scientific Reasoning.

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Descripción The University of Chicago Press, United States, 1990. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. New edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. Debate over the nature of science has recently moved from the halls of academia into the public sphere, where it has taken shape as the science wars. At issue is the question of whether scientific knowledge is objective and universal or socially mediated, whether scientific truths are independent of human values and beliefs. Ronald Giere is a philosopher of science who has been at the forefront of this debate from its inception, and Science without Laws offers a much-needed mediating perspective on an increasingly volatile line of inquiry. Giere does not question the major findings of modern science: for example, that the universe is expanding or that inheritance is carried by DNA molecules with a double helical structure. But like many critics of modern science, he rejects the widespread notion of science--deriving ultimately from the Enlightenment--as a uniquely rational activity leading to the discovery of universal truths underlying all natural phenomena. In these highly readable essays, Giere argues that it is better to understand scientists as merely constructing more or less abstract models of limited aspects of the world.Such an understanding makes possible a resolution of the issues at stake in the science wars. The critics of science are seen to be correct in rejecting the Enlightenment idea of science, and its defenders are seen to be correct in insisting that science does produce genuine knowledge of the natural world. Giere is utterly persuasive in arguing that to criticize the Enlightenment ideal is not to criticize science itself, and that to defend science one need not defend the Enlightenment ideal. Science without Laws thus stakes out a middle ground in these debates by showing us how science can be better conceived in other ways. Nº de ref. de la librería AAH9780226292069

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