Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach

Ronald N. Giere


Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach

Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach

  • Title: Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach
  • Author: Ronald N. Giere
  • ISBN: 9780226292069
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback



This volume presents an attempt to construct a unified cognitive theory of science in relatively short compass It confronts the strong program in sociology of science and the positions of various postpositivist philosophers of science, developing significant alternatives to each in a reeadily comprehensible sytle It draws loosely on recent developments in cognitive scie This volume presents an attempt to construct a unified cognitive theory of science in relatively short compass It confronts the strong program in sociology of science and the positions of various postpositivist philosophers of science, developing significant alternatives to each in a reeadily comprehensible sytle It draws loosely on recent developments in cognitive science, without burdening the argument with detailed results from that source The book is thus a provocative one Perhaps that is a measure of its value it will lead scholars and serious student from a number of science studies disciplines into continued and sharpened debate over fundamental questions Richard Burian, Isis The writing is delightfully clear and accessible On balance, few books advance our subject as well Paul Teller, Philosophy of Science


Recent Comments "Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach"

In this book from 1988 Ronald Giere begins to build his own semantic view of scientific theories, in what he calls "constructive realism", in opposition to the "syntactic view" or "received view". For the author, a scientific theory is an heterogeneous entity consisting, on the one hand, of a family of models, and, on the other, a collection of hypotheses, which are linguistic entities. A hypothesis explicitly asserts that some model is similar to some system (or collection of systems) in the re [...]

I highly recommend this book to practicing scientists. It explains the importance of social interactions in Science and the values or beliefs of individual scientists. The author supports his arguments using research conducted in real scientific environments. As a scientific researcher myself, it is interesting to actually experience scenarios that are similar to author's description. For those like me who are less familiar with the "philosophy of science", the author provides a good summary at [...]

Enjoyed Giere's mixture of disciplinary survey, case-study and appropriation of cognitive theory. An early example of these ideas crossing over into the social studies.


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