Underdetermination [electronic resource] : an essay on evidence and the limits of natural knowledge
- by Thomas Bonk.
- Dordrecht : Springer, 2008.
- Physical description
- xii, 284 p.
- Boston studies in the philosophy of science ; v. 261.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 1 A Humean Predicament? 1.1. Aspects of Underdetermination 1.2. Significance of the Thesis 1.3. Quine, Realism, and Underdetermination 1.4. No quick solutions 1.5. Three responses and strategies
- 2 Underdetermination Issues in the Exact Sciences 2.1. Logical Equivalence, Interdefinability, and Isomorphism 2.2. Theorems of Ramsey and Craig 2.3. From Denotational Vagueness to Ontological Relativity 2.4. Semantic Arguments 2.5. Physical Equivalence 2.6. Underdetermination of Geometry
- 3 Rationality, Method, and Evidence 3.1. Deductivism Revisited 3.2. Quine on Method and Evidence 3.3. Instance Confirmation and Bootstrapping 3.4. Demonstrative Induction 3.5. Underdetermination and Inter-theory Relations
- 4 Competing Truths 4.1. Constructivism 4.2. Things versus Numbers 4.3. Squares, Balls, Lines, and Points 4.4. Algorithms
- 5 Problems of Representation 5.1. Ambiguity 5.2. Conventionalism: Local 5.3. Conventionalism: Global 5.4. Verificationism and Fictionalism
- 6 Underdetermination and Indeterminacy 6.1. Underdetermination of Translation 6.2. Indeterminacy versus Underdetermination 6.3. Empirical Investigation of Cognitive Meaning 6.4. Indeterminacy and the Absence of Fact 6.5. Quine's Pragmatic Interpretation of Underdetermination Bibliography Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This timely book offers a wide-ranging study of the thesis that scientific theories are systematically "underdetermined" by the data they account for. After analyzing the epistemological and ontological aspects of the topic in detail, and reviewing pertinent logical facts and selected scientific cases, the author carefully examines the merits of arguments for and against the thesis. Along the way, he investigates methodological proposals and recent theories of confirmation.
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- Publication date
- Boston studies in the philosophy of science ; v. 261
- Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
- 9781402068980 (HB)
- 9781402068997 (e-book)