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The Advancement of Science: Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions

Philip Kitcher


The Advancement of Science attempts to understand the notions of scientific progress, scientific objectivity, and the growth of knowledge by taking up the challenges that have been issued by scholars in the history and sociology of science. Begins from an outline of classical views in philosophy of science and explains how those views were confronted with apparently problematic examples from scientific practice past and present. Then builds an account of science that emphasizes the ways in which socially situated scientists can gain objective understanding of the world.

Keywords: kitcher, history of science, objectivity, philosophy of science, scientific progress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195096538
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195096533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Kitcher, author
University of California, San Diego
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