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The Philosophy of Science: A Companion

Anouk Baberousse, Denis Bonnay, and Mikael Cozic


Philosophy of science studies the methods, theories, and concepts used by scientists. It mainly developed as a field in its own right during the twentieth century and is now a diversified and lively research area. This book surveys the current state of the discipline by focusing on central themes such as confirmation of scientific hypotheses, scientific explanation, causality, the relationship between science and metaphysics, scientific change, the relationship between philosophy of science and science studies, the role of theories and models, and unity of science. These themes define general ... More

Keywords: philosophy of science, philosophy of the special sciences, explanation, confirmation, realism, theories, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of physics, philosophy of social sciences, philosophy of cognitive sciences

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190690649
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190690649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anouk Baberousse, editor
Professor of Philosophy of Science, Sorbonne Université

Denis Bonnay, editor
Assistant Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Mind, Université Paris Nanterre

Mikael Cozic, editor
Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Science, Université Paris-Est Créteil

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1 General Philosophy of Science

1 Scientific Explanation

Denis Bonnay (Université Paris Nanterre, IRePh & IHPST)

2 Confirmation and Induction

Mikaël Cozic (Paris-Est Créteil, Institut Universitaire de France & IHPST)

3 Causality

Max Kistler (IHPST–Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne & CNRS)

4 Metaphysics of Science as Naturalized Metaphysics

Michael Esfeld (University of Lausanne, Department of Philosophy)

5 Theories and Models

Marion Vorms (Birbeck College, London)

6 Scientific Change

Anouk Barberousse (Sorbonne Université) and Marion Vorms (Birbeck College, London)

7 Philosophy of Science and Science Studies

Anouk Barberousse (Sorbonne Université)

8 Reduction and Emergence

Pascal Ludwig (Sorbonne Université, Sciences Normes Décision)

2 Philosophy of the Special Sciences

9 Philosophy of Logic

Philippe de Rouilhan (Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques)

10 Philosophy of Mathematics

Denis Bonnay (Université Paris Nanterre, IRePh and IHPST) and Jacques Dubucs (CNRS)

11 Philosophy of Physics

Anouk Barberousse (Sorbonne Université)

12 Philosophy of Biology

Thomas Pradeu (ImmunoConcept, UMR5164, CNRS & University of Bordeaux)

13 Philosophy of Medicine

Élodie Giroux (Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University and Lyon Institute for Philosophical Researches) and Maël Lemoine (University of Bordeaux, Immunoconcept UMR5164)

14 Philosophy of Social Sciences

Jon Elster (Columbia University) and Hélène Landemore (Yale University)

15 Philosophy of Economics

Mikaël Cozic (Paris-Est Créteil, Institut Universitaire de France and IHPST)

16 Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Daniel Andler (Université Paris-Sorbonne)

17 Philosophy of Linguistics

Paul Égré (CNRS, Institut Jean-Nicod / École Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University)

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