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Theories of Scientific Method

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Abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: The idea of methodolgy 1. What is this thing called scientific method? 2. Theoretical values in science 3. Rules and principles of method 4. Metamethodology Part II: Inductive and hypothetico-deductive methods 5. Induction in science 6. Some justifications of induction 7. The hypothetico-deductive method Part III: Probability and scientific method 8. Probability, bayesianism and methodology 9. Bayesianism: applications and problems Part IV: Popper and his rivals 10. Popper, Lakatos and scientific method 11. Kuhn and Feyerabend Part V: Naturalism, pragmatism, realism and methodology 12. Naturalism, pragmatism and method 13. Scientific realism and methodology Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index

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Robert Nola is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland. Howard Sankey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.


"Nola and Sankey's Theories of Scientific Method provides a comprehensive and thoroughly excellent introductory textbook to the philosophy of science. The discussion is fresh and lively; and the focus upon the distinction between methods and meta-methods not only helps to situate some otherwise rather abstract issues and debates, it also adds a valuable extra dimension to some familiar themes." - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "This book fills a distinct gap. No other book adopts its comprehensive approach. The expositions of the topics covered are clear and accessible and the emphasis on 'meta' methodological issues is distinctive and useful." - Barry Gower, University of Durham

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