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Scientific Theories

Volume 14: Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science

Table of Contents


Preface…vii

Introduction…3

Seek and Ye Might Find…22
Arthur L. Caplan

The Psychoanalytic Enterprise in Scientific Perspective…41
Adolf Grünbaum

On the Nature of Theories: A Neurocomputational Perspective…59
Paul M. Churchland

Are Economic Kinds Natural?…102
Alan Nelson

Foundational Physics and Empiricist Critique…136
Lawrence Sklar

Theories as Mere Conventions…158
Henry E. Kyburg, Jr.

Rationality and Objectivity in Science, or Tom Kuhn Meets Tom Bayes…175
Wesley C. Salmon

Bayesian Problems of Old Evidence…205
Ellery Eells

Fitting Your Theory to the Facts: Probably Not Such a Bad 
Thing After All…225
Colin Howson

The Value of Knowledge…245
Brian Skyrms

Demystifying Underdetermination…267
Larry Laudan

Dubbing and Redubbing: The Vulnerability of 
Rigid Designation…298
Thomas S. Kuhn

Scientific Revolutions and Scientific Rationality: The Case of the Elderly Holdout…319
John Worrall

Realism, Approximate Truth, and Philosophical Method…355
Richard Boyd

Contrastive Empiricism…392
Elliott Sober

Contributors…413

Consensus Institute Staff…417

Author Index…421

Subject Index…425

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