Explaining Science A Cognitive Approach
by Ronald N. Giere
University of Chicago Press, 1988
Cloth: 978-0-226-29205-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-29206-9 | Electronic: 978-0-226-29203-8
ABOUT THIS BOOKAUTHOR BIOGRAPHYTABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

"This volume presents an attempt to construct a unified cognitive theory of science in relatively short compass. It confronts the strong program in sociology of science and the positions of various postpositivist philosophers of science, developing significant alternatives to each in a reeadily comprehensible sytle. It draws loosely on recent developments in cognitive science, without burdening the argument with detailed results from that source. . . . The book is thus a provocative one. Perhaps that is a measure of its value: it will lead scholars and serious student from a number of science studies disciplines into continued and sharpened debate over fundamental questions."—Richard Burian, Isis

"The writing is delightfully clear and accessible. On balance, few books advance our subject as well."—Paul Teller, Philosophy of Science

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Ronald N. Giere is professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Understanding Scientific Reasoning.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Figures

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Toward a Unified Cognitive Theory of Science

2. Theories of Science

3. Models and Theories

4. Constructive Realism

5. Realism in the Laboratory

6. Scientific Judgment

7. Models and Experiments

8. Explaining the Revolution in Geology

Epilogue: Reflexive Reflections

Notes

References

Index