Philosophy and Scientific Realism

Philosophy and Scientific Realism

by J J C Smart


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Originally published in 1963. In an introductory chapter the author argues that philosophy ought to be more than the art of clarifying thought and that it should concern itself with outlining a scientifically plausible world view. Early chapters deal with phenomenalism and the reality of theoretical entities, and with the relation between the physical and biological sciences. Free will, issues of time and space and man’s place in nature are covered in later chapters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415849913
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/22/2013
Series: Routledge Library Editions: History & Philosophy of Science Series
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 11.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

  1. The Province of Philosophy. 2 Physical Objects and Physical Theories. 3 Physics and Biology. 4 The Secondary Qualities. 5 Consciousness. 6 Man as a Physical Mechanism. 7 The Space-Time World. 8 Man and Nature

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