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Science in Reflection

The Israel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science presents before you its third volume of proceedings. The philosophy section of the volume has three main foci: the scientific explanation (Hempel and Ben-Menachem, Elster and Dascal); realism in science (Cohen and Zemach) and its implications for the problem of universals (Armstrong and Bar-Elli); and the question of demarcation: the dividing line between science and philosophy (KrUger), as well as the cognitive limits of science (Stent). There is no neat separation in this volume between essays on the history of science and those on the sociology of science, and perhaps properly so. Thus, Lenoir's contribution is a clear example of the way the two disciplines combine and interrelate. Joseph Ben-David's comment on this lecture was among the last things he wrote, knowing full well that his days were numbered. Reading his contribution imparts a strong sense of loss, the loss of a great sociologist and a wise man. Not only history, however, but also historiography is a subject for reflection in this volume (Freudenthal and Kerszberg). And, finally, a couple of articles convey the sense of fascination with science as a story (Heilbron, Hughes). We have by now come to expect from the investigations reported in the Israel Colloquium series not surface unity of theme and method, but rather an underlying common commitment and zest for the scientific enterprise at its best. The third volume hopes to join the first two in footing this bill.
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Limits of a Deductive Construal of the Function of Scientific Theories.- Limits of a Deductive Construal of the Function of Scientific Theories: A Comment.- Cognitive Limits of Science.- How Philosophy and Science Came to Differ.- The Nature and Scope of Rational-Choice Explanation.- Rational-Choice Explanation - The Limits to Grounding: A Comment.- Realism Versus Anti-Realism: What Is the Issue?.- Epistemic and Semantic Reflections on Scientific Realism: A Comment.- Can a Naturalist Believe in Universals?.- Can a Naturalist Believe in Universals? A Comment.- The Hermeneutical Status of the History of Science: The Views of Helene Metzger.- The Hermeneutical Status of the History of Science: The Views of Helene Metzger: A Comment.- The Era of Independent Inventors.- Social Interests and the Organic Physics of 1847.- Social Interests and the Organic Physics of 1847: A Comment.- The Earliest Missionaries of the Copenhagen Spirit.- Index of Names.

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