EPSA11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science

  • Vassilios Karakostas
  • Dennis Dieks

Part of the The European Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings book series (EPSP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Philosophy of Science: Formal Philosophy of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nancy Cartwright
      Pages 3-17
    3. Ilkka Niiniluoto
      Pages 19-27
    4. Doukas Kapantaïs
      Pages 29-39
    5. Peter Brössel
      Pages 41-54
    6. Wolfgang Pietsch
      Pages 55-65
  3. Philosophy of Science: Idealization, Representation and Explanation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Jaakko Kuorikoski, Petri Ylikoski
      Pages 69-80
    3. Samuel Schindler
      Pages 81-91
    4. Demetris Portides
      Pages 103-113
  4. Philosophy of Science: Realism, Anti-realism and Special Science Laws

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Simon Fitzpatrick
      Pages 141-151
    3. Alberto Cordero
      Pages 153-165
    4. Samuli Pöyhönen
      Pages 167-179
    5. Andreas Hüttemann, Alexander Reutlinger
      Pages 181-192
  5. Philosophy of the Physical Sciences: Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193

About these proceedings


This book contains a selection of original conference papers covering all major fields in the philosophy of science, that have been organized into themes. The first section of this volume begins with the formal philosophy of science, moves on to idealization, representation and explanation and then finishes with realism, anti-realism and special science laws. The second section covers the philosophy of the physical sciences, looking at quantum mechanics, spontaneous symmetry breaking, the philosophy of space and time, linking physics and metaphysics and the philosophy of chemistry.  

Further themed sections cover the philosophies of the life sciences, the cognitive sciences and the social sciences. Readers will find that this volume provides an excellent overview of the state of the art in the philosophy of science, as practiced in different European countries. ​


Constitutive mechanistic explanations Correlation and truth Deflationism on Scientific Representation Evidence, argument and prediction Explanatory Models vs. Predictive Models Reduced Complexity Modeling in Geomorphology

Editors and affiliations

  • Vassilios Karakostas
    • 1
  • Dennis Dieks
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and History of ScienceFaculty of Sciences, University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Inst. History & Foundations of ScienceUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-01306-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01305-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01306-0
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