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The Present Situation in the Philosophy of Science

  • Friedrich Stadler

Part of the The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective book series (PSEP, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-10
  2. History of the Philosophy of Science

  3. Formal Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Vincenzo Crupi, Stephan Hartmann
      Pages 87-98
    3. Vincent F. Hendricks
      Pages 99-110
    4. Franz Dietrich, Christian List
      Pages 125-139
    5. Gabriella Pigozzi
      Pages 141-152
  4. Philosophy of the Natural and Life Sciences

About this book


This volume is a serious attempt to open up the subject of European philosophy of science to real thought, and provide the structural basis for the interdisciplinary development of its specialist fields, but also to provoke reflection on the idea of ‘European philosophy of science’. This efforts should foster a contemporaneous reflection on what might be meant by philosophy of science in Europe and European philosophy of science, and how in fact awareness of it could assist philosophers interpret and motivate their research through a stronger collective identity. The overarching aim is to set the background for a collaborative project organising, systematising, and ultimately forging an identity for, European philosophy of science by creating research structures and developing research networks across Europe to promote its development. As such under the general rubric of ‘the present situation in the philosophy of science’, the emphasis is on as a first step identifying traditions and research structures already present, and the directions in which this research was leading. The European perspective in philosophy of science is the inclusion of the historical roots of current debates and the focus on methodological problems that cross the various sub-disciplines. This historical dimension is complemented by the evident broad scope of European philosophy of science which embodies not only a strong tradition of history and philosophy of science, history of philosophy of science, but also philosophy with respect to the cultural and social sciences as part of (not separate to) the discipline, combined with more traditional philosophical issues and approaches, such as the application of formal methods, the problem of realism, determinism and chance or the natural kinds debate. This consideration of general philosophical questions in science is married to a strong tradition of engaging naturalistically with the particular philosophical issues in individual sciences where there exists a prerogative of being closely schooled in the relevant scientific theory and research context. Additionally, one can refer to particular positions, like ‘structural realism’, as ‘European’, having their origin and their centre of pursuit, and indeed their historical links, in the context of European research.


foundations of natural and social sciences history of philosophy of science methodology of natural and social sciences philosophy of science philosophy of science in Europe probability science

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedrich Stadler
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Vienna, Vienna CircleViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Present Situation in the Philosophy of Science
  • Editors Friedrich Stadler
  • Series Title The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-9114-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3239-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-9115-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 325
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy, general
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