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Empirical Philosophy of Science

Introducing Qualitative Methods into Philosophy of Science

  • Susann Wagenknecht
  • Nancy J. Nersessian
  • Hanne Andersen
  • Introduces readers to the use of empirical knowledge, which is gained through qualitative empirical methods, in the philosophical analysis of scientific practice

  • Discusses how philosophical conceptualization and empirical data can be integrated and benefit from each other

  • Analyzes practical case studies, e.g. in scientific education, biomedical research and finance


Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Susann Wagenknecht, Nancy J. Nersessian, Hanne Andersen
    Pages 1-10
  3. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Lisa M. Osbeck, Nancy J. Nersessian
      Pages 13-35
  4. Case Studies

  5. Empirical Philosophy of Science and HPS

About this book


The book examines the emerging approach of using qualitative methods, such as interviews and field observations, in the philosophy of science. Qualitative methods are gaining popularity among philosophers of science as more and more scholars are resorting to empirical work in their study of scientific practices. At the same time, the results produced through empirical work are quite different from those gained through the kind of introspective conceptual analysis more typical of philosophy. This volume explores the benefits and challenges of an empirical philosophy of science and addresses questions such as: What do philosophers gain from empirical work? How can empirical research help to develop philosophical concepts? How do we integrate philosophical frameworks and empirical research? What constraints do we accept when choosing an empirical approach? What constraints does a pronounced theoretical focus impose on empirical work? Nine experts discuss their thoughts and empirical results in the chapters of this book with the aim of providing readers with an answer to these questions.



Experimental Philosophy History And Philosophy Of Science (HPS) Kuhnian Paradigm Microsociology Of Science Model Justification Naturalized Philosophy Nature/Nurture Dispute Qualitative Discourse Analysis Reductionism In Popular Science Scientific Objectivity Sociobiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Susann Wagenknecht
    • 1
  • Nancy J. Nersessian
    • 2
  • Hanne Andersen
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyHarvard UniversityCambridge, MAUSA
  3. 3.Department for Science EducationUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Empirical Philosophy of Science
  • Book Subtitle Introducing Qualitative Methods into Philosophy of Science
  • Editors Susann Wagenknecht
    Nancy J. Nersessian
    Hanne Andersen
  • Series Title Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Applied Philosophy, Epistemology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-18599-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35668-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-18600-9
  • Series ISSN 2192-6255
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-6263
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 171
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociological Theory
    History of Philosophy
    Models and Principles
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This short book is entirely in earnest and full of insight into how science is carried out and how scientists think and do their work. … The breadth of case studies selected and the clarity with which they are rendered are the principal strengths of this book. … This is a book worth reading and reflecting upon.” (Anthony J. Duben, Computing Reviews, December, 2015)