Understanding Scientific Progress

Paragon House, St. Paul, MN

"Understanding Scientific Progress constitutes a potentially enormous and revolutionary advancement in philosophy of science. It deserves to be read and studied by everyone with any interest in or connection with physics or the theory of science. Maxwell cites the work of Hume, Kant, J.S. Mill, Ludwig Bolzmann, Pierre Duhem, Einstein, Henri Poincaré, C.S. Peirce, Whitehead, Russell, Carnap, A.J. Ayer, Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn, Imre Lakatos, Paul Feyerabend, Nelson Goodman, Bas van Fraassen, and numerous others. He lauds Popper for advancing beyond verificationism and Hume’s problem of induction, but faults both Kuhn and Popper for being unable to show that and how their work could lead nearer to the truth." —Dr. Lloyd Eby teaches philosophy at The George Washington University and The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC

In Understanding Scientific Progress, Nick Maxwell has distilled the finest essence of the scientific enterprise. Science is about making the world a better place. Sometimes science loses its way and does more harm than good. Maxwell's Aim-Oriented Empiricism is a map to put science back on the right track. The future depends on scientists doing the right things for the right reasons. Maxwell's AOE is a beacon on an otherwise uncertain path. Professor Timothy McGettigan, Colorado State University -Pueblo

Maxwell's aim-oriented empiricism is in my opinion a very significant contribution to the philosophy of science. I hope that it will be widely discussed and debated. Alan Sokal, Professor of Physics, New York University

This is a book about the very core problems of the philosophy of science that Nicholas Maxwell has been addressing for several decades in many books and papers. The idea of replacing Standard Empiricism with Aim-Oriented Empiricism has long been understood by Maxwell as the key to the solution of these central problems. Maxwell handles his main tool masterfully, producing a fascinating and important reading to his colleagues in the field. However, Nicholas Maxwell is much more than just a philosopher of science. In the closing part of the book he lets the reader know about his deep concern and possible solutions of the biggest problems humanity is facing. Professor Peeter Müürsepp, Talinn University of Technology, Estonia

(My publication)Posted:Nov 01 2016, 12:00 AM by NickMaxwell
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