Oxford University Press (1987)

Harold I. Brown
Northern Illinois University
This book develops an explanation for the roles of observation and theory in scientific endeavor that occupies the middle ground between empiricism and rationalism, and captures the strengths of both approaches. Brown argues that philosophical theories have the same epistemological status as scientific theories and constructs an epistemological theory that provides an account of the role that theory and instruments play in scientific observation. His theory of perception yields a new analysis of objectivity that combines the traditional view of observation as the foundation of scientific objectivity with the contemporary recognition that observation is theory-dependent
Keywords Adverbials  Cognitive Science  Epistemology  Objectivity  Observation  Perception  Realism  Science  Sense Data
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Call number BD161.B76 1987
ISBN(s) 0195048253   9780195048254
DOI 10.1093/bjps/39.4.551
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