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Perception and Discovery

An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry

  • 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
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      Pages 15-27
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  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
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      Pages 43-54
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  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
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About this book


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.


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

  1. 1.(deceased)HamdenUSA

Editors and affiliations

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

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Perception and Discovery
  • Book Subtitle An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
  • Authors Norwood Russell Hanson
  • Editors Matthew D. Lund
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • Series Abbreviated Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-69744-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09908-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-69745-1
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XXII, 339
  • Number of Illustrations 83 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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