Springer, Dordrecht


548 Pages

ISBN 978-94-007-1179-2

The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective
vol. 2

Explanation, prediction, and confirmation

Edited by

Dennis Dieks , Stephan Hartmann , Thomas Uebel , Marcel Weber , Wenceslao J. González

This volume, the second in the Springer series Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective, contains selected papers from the workshops organised by the ESF Research Networking Programme PSE (The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective) in 2009. Five general topics are addressed:1. Formal Methods in the Philosophy of Science;2. Philosophy of the Natural and Life Sciences;3. Philosophy of the Cultural and Social Sciences;4. Philosophy of the Physical Sciences;5. History of the Philosophy of Science. This volume is accordinglydivided in five sections, each section containing papers coming from the meetings focussing on one of these five themes. However,  these sections are not completely independent and detached from each other. For example, an important connecting thread running through a substantial number of papers in this volume is the concept of probability: probability plays a central role in present-day discussions in formal epistemology, in the philosophy of the physical sciences, and in general methodological debates---it is central in discussions concerning explanation, prediction and confirmation. The volume thus also attempts to represent the intellectual exchange between the various fields in the philosophy of science that was central in the ESF workshops.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-1180-8

Full citation:

Dieks, D. , Hartmann, S. , Uebel, T. , Weber, M. , González, W. J. (eds) (2011). Explanation, prediction, and confirmation, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents

Causation, association and confirmation

Wheeler Gregory; Scheines Richard


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Probabilities in branching structures

Müller Thomas


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Causality and explanation

Campaner Raffaella


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Invariance, mechanisms and epidemiology

Schindler Samuel


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The arrival of the fittest

McLaughlin Peter


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The arrival of the fittest what?

Reydon Thomas A.C.


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Complexity in economics and prediction

González Wenceslao J.


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Against pointillisme

Butterfield Jeremy


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The Gibbs paradox revisited

Dieks Dennis


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A locus for "now"

Placek Tomasz


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Not throwing out the baby with the bathwater

Seevinck M. P.; Uffink J.


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Kant on chance and explanation

Kilinc Berna


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Shifting the (non-relativized) a priori

Stöltzner Michael


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Carnap's theories of confirmation

Wagner Pierre


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Probability and pragmatism

Galavotti Maria Carla


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Edgar Zilsel on historical laws

Nemeth Elisabeth


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