Structures in Science

Heuristic Patterns Based on Cognitive Structures. An Advanced Textbook in Neo-Classical Philosophy of Science

  • Theo A. F. Kuipers

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 301)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Units of Scientific Knowledge and Knowledge Acquisition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
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      Pages 5-35
    3. Theo A. F. Kuipers
      Pages 37-69
  3. Patterns of Explanation and Description

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-73
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      Pages 75-96
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      Pages 97-130
  4. Structures in Interlevel and Interfield Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-134
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      Pages 135-158
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      Pages 159-196
  5. Confirmation and Empirical Progress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-199
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      Pages 201-228
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      Pages 229-250
  6. Truth, Product, and Concept Approximation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-254
    2. Theo A. F. Kuipers
      Pages 265-284
  7. Capita Selecta

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-288
    2. Theo A. F. Kuipers
      Pages 289-315
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      Pages 317-341
    4. Theo A. F. Kuipers
      Pages 343-356
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 357-413

About this book


Although there is an abundance of highly specialized monographs, learned collections and general introductions to the philosophy of science, only a few 25 years. synthetic monographs and advanced textbooks have appeared in the last The philosophy of science seems to have lost its self-confidence. The main reason for such a loss is that the traditional analytical, logical-empiricist approaches to the philosophy of science had to make a number of concessions, especially in response to the work of Popper, Kuhn and Lakatos. With Structures in Science I intend to present both a synthetic mono graph and an advanced textbook that accommodates and integrates the insight of these philosophers, in what I like to call a neo-classical approach. The resulting monograph elaborates several important topics from one or more perspectives, by distinguishing various kinds of research programs, and various ways of explaining and reducing laws and concepts, and by summarizing an integrated explication (presented in From Instrumentalism to Constructive Realism, ICR) of the notions of confirmation, empirical progress and truth approximation.


ethics philosophy philosophy of science reduction science search strategy

Authors and affiliations

  • Theo A. F. Kuipers
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5749-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9739-5
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