Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science

Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science

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qHere, for the first time in English, are the philosophical essays - including the first statement of the qDuhem Thesisq - that formed the basis for Aim and Structure of Physical Theory, together with new translations of the historiographical essays presenting the equally celebrated qContinuity Thesisq by Pierre Duhem (1861-1916), a founding figure of the history and philosophy of science. Prefaced by an introduction on Duhem's intellectual development and continuing significance, here as well are important subsequent essays in which Duhem elaborated key concepts and critiqued such contemporaries as Henri Poincare and Ernst Mach. Together, these works offer a lively picture of the state of science at the turn of the century while addressing methodological issues that remain at the center of debate today.q--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights ReservedTo this extent, the first theory ever written in mathematical physics is at the same time a model for theories in the sense we intend. Copernicus ... [The best modern version is Hugonnard-Roche, H., and Verdet, J.-P., eds. and trans. (1982)anbsp;...

Title:Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science
Author:Pierre Maurice Marie Duhem, Roger Ariew, Peter Barker
Publisher:Hackett Publishing - 1996


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