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Perception and Discovery

An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry

  • Norwood Russell Hanson
  • Matthew D. Lund

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 389)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 15-27
    3. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 29-40
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 43-54
    3. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 55-65
    4. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 67-82
    5. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 83-98
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      Pages 99-114
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      Pages 115-130
    8. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 131-142
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      Pages 143-152
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 155-169
    3. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 171-184
    4. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 185-198
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      Pages 199-209
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      Pages 211-221
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      Pages 223-232
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      Pages 233-244
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      Pages 245-255
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      Pages 257-269
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      Pages 271-282
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Matthew D. Lund
      Pages 285-294
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      Pages 295-307
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 331-339

About this book

Introduction

Norwood Russell Hanson was one of the most important philosophers of science of the post-war period. Hanson brought Wittgensteinian ordinary language philosophy to bear on the concepts of science, and his treatments of observation, discovery, and the theory-ladenness of scientific facts remain central to the philosophy of science. Additionally, Hanson was one of philosophy’s great personalities, and his sense of humor and charm come through fully in the pages of Perception and Discovery.

Perception and Discovery, originally published in 1969, is Hanson’s posthumous textbook in philosophy of science. The book focuses on the indispensable role philosophy plays in scientific thinking. Perception and Discovery  features Hanson’s most complete and mature account of theory-laden observation, a discussion of conceptual and logical boundaries, and a detailed treatment of the epistemological features of scientific research and scientific reasoning. This book is of interest to scholars of philosophy of science, particularly those concerned with Hanson’s thought and the development of the discipline in the middle of the 20th century. However, even fifty years after Hanson’s early death, Perception and Discovery still has a great deal to offer all readers interested in science.

Keywords

Defining conceptual boundaries Act of scientific seeing Process of experimental research Probability and probable reasoning in science Hypothesies facta fingunt Scientific simplicity and crucial experiments

Authors and affiliations

  • Norwood Russell Hanson
    • 1
  1. 1.(deceased)HamdenUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew D. Lund
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Religion StudiesRowan UniversityGlassboroUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69745-1
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69744-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69745-1
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