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Studies in the Methodology of Science

Igor Hanzel

The book discusses methodological issues relating to the philosophy of science and the natural and social sciences. It reconstructs the methods of measurement and scientific explanation, the relation of data, phenomena and mechanisms, the problem of theory-ladenness of explanation and the problem of historic explanation. From the sciences chosen for methodological analysis are those of early classical mechanics, early thermodynamics, Bohr’s theory of atom, early quantum mechanics, research into great apes and political economy.
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Several persons were helpful in the writing of this book. My colleagues from the Department of Logic and Methodology of Science at Comenius University read the drafts of several chapters of this book and suggested many improvements. I am especially grateful to Professor Roman Ciapalo from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, who over the years read the drafts of the book and made numerous suggestions to improve them. Without his support this book would never appear in print.

The Slovak version of Chapter 1 was published in the supplement of the journal Filosofický Časopis, 2015, Vol. 63. Chapters 2 and 6 were published in the journal Organon F, 2012, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 201–226 and 2013, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 302–322. Chapter 9 was published in the journal International Critical Thought, 2015, Vol. 5, No. 4. I am also grateful to Dr. J. Halas for letting me publish as Chapter 10 a paper on Adam Smith we authored together.

I am grateful to John Wiley & Sons publisher for the permission to reproduce two figures from the article (Savage-Rumbaugh 1981), pages 46 and 47, as well to MIT Press for the permission to publish four figures from the book (Tomasello 2008), pages 98, 105, 235, and 239.

Work on Chapter 1 was supported by the Slovak Research and Development Agency under contract No. APVV-0149-12. Work on Chapters 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 10 and 11 was supported by...

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