Essays on Realism and Rationalism.
Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA, 1999, XIII, 373 pp.
Schriftenreihe zur Philosophie Karl R. Poppers und des Kritischen Rationalismus/Series in the Philosophy of Karl R. Popper and Critical Rationalism 12
The book's essays represent an important contribution to the contemporary philosophical debate concerning Realism and Rationalism. The author defends in a clear and consistent fashion a fallibilist, realistic, and rationalist position in opposition to the idealistic and relativistic viewpoint characteristic of present postmodern philosophy.
Part I: REALISM
Chapter 1: Explanation, Description and Scientific Realism
Chapter 2: The Myth of Astronomical Instrumentalism
Chapter 3: The Ultimate Argument for Scientific Realism
Chapter 4: Wittgensteinian Instrumentalism
Chapter 5: Realism Versus Constructive Empiricism
Chapter 6: Realism and Idealisation
Chapter 7: Unreal Assumptions in Economic Theory: The F-twist untwisted
Chapter 8: NOA's Ark - Fine For Realism
Chapter 9: Conceptual Idealism and Stove's Gem
Chapter 10: The T-Scheme Plus Epistemic Truth Equals Idealism
Part II: RATIONALISM
Chapter 11: Falsification and its Critics
Chapter 12: Logical versus Historical Theories of Confirmation
Chapter 13: Facts and Values in Science Studies
Chapter 14: Deductivism versus Psychologism
Chapter 15: Deductive Heuristics
Chapter 16: Critical Rationalism
Index of names