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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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Chapter 1: Methodological Issues in Scientific Explanation

1.1 J. Woodward on Scientific Explanation

1.2 Conditions in Laws and Explanations

1.3 Heuristic in Scientific Explanation

1.4 Open Problems

Part I: Methodological Issues in Physics

Chapter 2: Bohr’s Atom: Data, Phenomena, Laws of Phenomena, and Explanations via Mechanism

2.1 Meta-reflections: Pure Metaphysics, Pure Epistemology, and Epistemology-cum-Metaphysics

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