This book examines the various norms for the logic and methodology of science, placing them in the context of the cognitive interests and explanatory ideals that motivate science. Various themes in the philosophy of science are examined, including the views of K. Popper, T. Kuhn, and L. Laudan. Characteristic cases of scientific theories are examined in order to illustrate and justify the proposed norms. These include, on the one hand, the emergence of the science of Galileo, Kepler, and Newton from the older metaphysical style of explanation to be found in Aristotle and, on the other hand, Darwin's theory of natural selection.
About the author
Fred Wilson teaches logic, rational thinking, and the philosophy of science at the University of Toronto and is the author of numerous books, including: Explanation, Causation and Deduction; Laws and Other Worlds; Psychological Analysis and the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill; Empiricism and Darwin's Science; Hume’s Defence of Causal Inference; and The Logic and Methodology of Science in Early Modern Thought: Seven Studies.
Other titles by Fred Wilson
A New Kind of Union
Unifor and the birth of the modern Canadian union
The External World and Our Knowledge of It
Hume's Critical Realism, an Exposition and a Defence
The Logic and Methodology of Science in Early Modern Thought
Psychological Analysis and the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill
Pragmatism and Purpose
Essays Presented to Thomas A. Goudge