The Nature of Scientific Knowledge

An Explanatory Approach

  • Kevin McCain

Part of the Springer Undergraduate Texts in Philosophy book series (SUTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. General Features of Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
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  3. Knowledge of Scientific Claims

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
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  4. Challenges to Scientific Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
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  5. Social Dimensions of Scientific Knowledge

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      Pages 235-235
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-277

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the epistemology of science. It not only introduces readers to the general epistemological discussion of the nature of knowledge, but also provides key insights into the particular nuances of scientific knowledge. No prior knowledge of philosophy or science is assumed by The Nature of Scientific Knowledge. Nevertheless, the reader is taken on a journey through several core concepts of epistemology and philosophy of science that not only explores the characteristics of the scientific knowledge of individuals but also the way that the development of scientific knowledge is a particularly social endeavor. The topics covered in this book are of keen interest to students of epistemology and philosophy of science as well as science educators interested in the nature of scientific knowledge. In fact, as a result of its clear and engaging approach to understanding scientific knowledge The Nature of Scientific Knowledge is a book that anyone interested in scientific knowledge, knowledge in general, and any of a myriad of related concepts would be well advised to study closely.


Epistemology of science Knowledge in the sciences NOS Nature of Science Nature of scientific knowledge Research in the epistomology of science Science education Scientific community Scientific evidence Scientific explanation Scientific realism Social epistemology of science Traditional epistemology science learning scientific explanation scientific evidence understanding

Authors and affiliations

  • Kevin McCain
    • 1
  1. 1.Univ of Alabama at BirminghamDepartment of PhilosophyBirminghamUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33403-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33405-9
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