Perception, Theory, and Commitment: The New Philosophy of Science
by Harold I. Brown
University of Chicago Press, 1979
Paper: 978-0-226-07618-8

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
With originality and clarity, Harold Brown outlines first the logical
empiricist tradition and then the more historical and process-oriented
approach he calls the “new philosophy of science.” Examining the two
together, he describes the very transition between them as an example
of the kind of change in historical tradition with which the new
philosophy of science concerns itself.

“I would recommend it to every historian of science and to every
philosopher of science. . . . I found it clear, readable, accurate,
cogent, insightful, perceptive, judicious, and full of original
ideas.”
—Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Isis

“The best and most original aspect of the book is its overall
conception.”
—Thomas S. Kuhn

Harold I. Brown is professor of philosophy at Northern Illinois
University.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Harold I. Brown is professor of philosophy at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Observation and Objectivity and Rationality.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Part 1 - Logical Empiricist Philosophy of Science
    1. The Origins of Logical Empiricism
    Humean Empiricism
    Logicism
    Logical Positivism, the Vienna Circle
    Logical Empiricism
    2. Confirmation
    The Paradoxes of Confirmation
    Confirmation and Extensional Logic
    Goodman's Attack on Syntactical Analyses of Confirmation
    3. Theoretical Terms
    Explicit Definition
    Reduction Sentences
    Craig's Theorem
    Correspondence Rules
    4. Explanation
    Deductive Explanation
    Statistical Explanation
    Explanation and Truth
    5. Falsification
    Strict Falsificationism
    Basic Statements
    Conclusion: Toward a New Understanding
    Part II - The New Image of Science
    6. Perception and Theory
    Significant Perception
    Three Problems
    7. Presuppositions
    Normal Science
    Paradigmatic Propositions
    The Scientist's World
    8. Scientific Revolutions
    The Copernican Revolution
    Conceptual Change
    Relativity
    Scientific Revolutions
    9. Discovery
    The Context of Discovery and the Context of Justification
    Dialectic
    Scientific Discovery
    Scientific Change
    10. Toward a New Epistemology
    Rationality
    Scientific Knowledge and Scientific Truth
    Objectivity
    Descriptions and Norms
    Presuppositions and Problems
    Conclusion
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index



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