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Sketch of some themes for a pragmatist philosophy of science

Woodward, James (2020) Sketch of some themes for a pragmatist philosophy of science. [Preprint]

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This paper sketches one possible form that a pragmatist philosophy of science might take. It defends general philosophy of science, although not in the form it has traditionally taken, and along with this, a focus on methodology as a legitimate concern for philosophers of science. Connections are made between some classical pragmatist themes (e.g., rejection of spectator theories of knowledge, skepticism about overly literal understandings of representation) and issues in contemporary philosophy of science. My intention is to be provocative.


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Woodward, James
Keywords: Pragmatism, scientific representation, means/ends analysis, causation, explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Jim Woodward
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2020 03:27
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 03:27
Item ID: 17694
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17694

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