Underdetermination: An Essay on Evidence and the Limits of Natural Knowledge - Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science 261 (Paperback)Thomas Bonk (author)
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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.
Number of pages: 297
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200
From the reviews:
"The essay makes a useful reading not only for advanced students of analytical philosophy but also for philosophically minded scientists. ... provides an impressively comprehensive coverage of an enduring philosophical conundrum. ... Bonk's knowledge of Quine's vast work is truly remarkable. ... also to be recommended to Quine fans ... . Summing up, the book has a lot to recommend it. ... it covers virtually everything that has ever been said about this topic. ... this is an excellent book to have on your shelf." (Sorin Bangu, Metascience, Vol. 20 (1), March, 2011)
"Thomas Bonk offers an analysis of the problem of underdetermination of theories by empirical quantitative data (observation and experiments). ... Bonk offers in his book a very comprehensive and detailed analysis of UT. ... Bonk investigates UT and its various consequences using several distinctions and analytic devices. ... In general, Bonk's book is an important contribution in the domain of contemporary philosophy of science."--- (Jan Wolenski, Erkenntnis, Vol. 74, 2011)
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