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Philosophy of Science in Practice

Nancy Cartwright and the Nature of Scientific Reasoning

  • Hsiang-Ke Chao
  • Julian Reiss
  • Offers a new approach to philosophy of science

  • Presents the first work on philosophy of science in practice to cover important topics in philosophy such as evidence, explanation, and models

  • Discusses a wide range of special sciences, such as chemistry, economics, physics, and legal studies?


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 379)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Hsiang-Ke Chao, Julian Reiss
    Pages 1-8
  3. Evidence in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Nancy Cartwright
      Pages 11-24
    3. Otávio Bueno, Robin Neiman
      Pages 25-44
    4. Julian Reiss
      Pages 45-66
  4. Laws and Causation in Practice

  5. Models in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Roman Frigg, James Nguyen
      Pages 149-179
    3. Hsiang-Ke Chao, David Teira
      Pages 181-197
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 199-204

About this book


This volume reflects the ‘philosophy of science in practice’ approach and takes a fresh look at traditional philosophical problems in the context of natural, social, and health research. Inspired by the work of Nancy Cartwright that shows how the practices and apparatuses of science help us to understand science and to build theories in the philosophy of science, this volume critically examines the philosophical concepts of evidence, laws, causation, and models and their roles in the process of scientific reasoning. Each chapter is an important one in the philosophy of science, while the volume as a whole deals with these philosophical concepts in a unified way in the context of actual scientific practice. This volume thus aims to contribute to this new direction in the philosophy of science.


Activity Realism and Measurement Network Capacity-Based Extrapolation Ceteris Paribus Clauses Evidence in Context Evidence in Theory and Application Functional Perspective on Scientific Explanation Nancy Cartwright evidence, explanation, and models

Editors and affiliations

  • Hsiang-Ke Chao
    • 1
  • Julian Reiss
    • 2
  1. 1.EconomicsNational Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchuTaiwan
  2. 2.Durham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Hiang-Ke Chao is Professor of Economics at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Julian Reiss is Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) at Durham University, UK.

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