© 1993

The Logic of Discovery

A Theory of the Rationality of Scientific Research


Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 231)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Scott A. Kleiner
    Pages 1-37
  3. Scott A. Kleiner
    Pages 39-86
  4. Scott A. Kleiner
    Pages 87-124
  5. Scott A. Kleiner
    Pages 125-182
  6. Scott A. Kleiner
    Pages 183-232
  7. Scott A. Kleiner
    Pages 305-318
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 319-340

About this book


Scientific research is viewed as a deliberate activity and the logic of discovery consists of strategies and arguments whereby the best objectives (questions) and optimal means for achieving these objectives (heuristics) are chosen. This book includes a discussion and some proposals regarding the way the logic of questions can be applied to understanding scientific research and draws upon work in artificial intelligence in a discussion of heuristics and methods for appraising heuristics (metaheuristics). It also includes a discussion of a third source for scientific objectives and heuristics; episodes and examplars from the history of science and the history of philosophy.
This book is written to be accessible to advanced students in philosophy and to the scientific community. It is of interest to philosophers of science, philosophers of biology, historians of physics, and historians of biology.


access artificial intelligence heuristics history history of literature history of science logic methodology philosophy physics rationality science tradition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Logic of Discovery
  • Book Subtitle A Theory of the Rationality of Scientific Research
  • Authors S. Kleiner
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-2371-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4297-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-8216-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 340
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    History, general
    Philosophy of Biology
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