Scientific Realism and Democratic Society

The Philosophy of Philip Kitcher


Philip Kitcher is among the key philosophers of science of our times. This volume offers an up to date analysis of his philosophical perspective taking into account his views on scientific realism and democratic society. The contributors to the volume focus on four different aspects of Kitcher’s thought: the evolution of his philosophy, his present views on scientific realism, the epistemological analysis of his modest (“real” or “piecemeal”) realism, and his conception of scientific practice. In the final chapter, the philosopher replies to his critics. The volume will be of interest to philosophers as well as anyone interested in the relation between science and society.
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Table of contents

Wenceslao J. Gonzalez: Foreword
The Evolution of Kitcher’s Philosophy
Wenceslao J. Gonzalez: From Mathematics to Social Concern about Science: Kitcher’s Philosophical Approach
Philip Kitcher: Science in a Democratic Society
Inmaculada Perdomo: The Characterization of Epistemology in Philip Kitcher: A Critical Reflection from New Empiricism
Scientific Realism in Kitcher’s Present Approach
Antonio Diéguez: Kitcher’s Modest Realism: The Reconceptualization of Scientific Objectivity
Philip Kitcher: Scientific Realism: The Truth in Pragmatism
Epistemological Analysis of Kitcher’s Realism
Philip Kitcher: Real Realism: The Galilean Strategy
Valeriano Iranzo: Inductivist Strategies for Scientific Realism
Mauricio Suárez: Scientific Realism, the Galilean Strategy, and Representation
Methodological Analysis of Scientific Practice
Jesús Alcolea: Kitcher’s Naturalistic Epistemology and Methodology of Mathematics
Antonio Bereijo: The Category of “Applied Science”: An Analysis of Its Justification from “Information Science” as Design Science
The Philosopher Replies
Philip Kitcher: Second Thoughts
Name Index
Subject Index


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