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    A Family Resemblance Approach to the Nature of Science for Science Education.Gürol Irzık, Gurol Irzik & Robert Nola - 2011 - Science & Education 20 (7-8):591-607.
    Although there is universal consensus both in the science education literature and in the science standards documents to the effect that students should learn not only the content of science but also its nature, there is little agreement about what that nature is. This led many science educators to adopt what is sometimes called “the consensus view” about the nature of science (NOS), whose goal is to teach students only those characteristics of science on which there is wide consensus. This (...)
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  2. New Directions for Nature of Science Research.Gürol Irzik & Robert Nola - 2014 - In Michael R. Matthews (ed.), International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching. Springer. pp. 999-1021.
    The idea of family resemblance, when applied to science, can provide a powerful account of the nature of science (NOS). In this chapter we develop such an account by taking into consideration the consensus on NOS that emerged in the science education literature in the last decade or so. According to the family resemblance approach, the nature of science can be systematically and comprehensively characterised in terms of a number of science categories which exhibit strong similarities and overlaps amongst diverse (...)
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  3. Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism.David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (eds.) - 2008 - Bradford.
    Many philosophical naturalists eschew analysis in favor of discovering metaphysical truths from the a posteriori, contending that analysis does not lead to philosophical insight. A countercurrent to this approach seeks to reconcile a certain account of conceptual analysis with philosophical naturalism; prominent and influential proponents of this methodology include the late David Lewis, Frank Jackson, Michael Smith, Philip Pettit, and David Armstrong. Naturalistic analysis is a tool for locating in the scientifically given world objects and properties we quantify over in (...)
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    Theories of Scientific Method: An Introduction.Robert Nola & Howard Sankey - 2007 - Acumen Publishing.
    What is it to be scientific? Is there such a thing as scientific method? And if so, how might such methods be justified? Robert Nola and Howard Sankey seek to provide answers to these fundamental questions in their exploration of the major recent theories of scientific method. Although for many scientists their understanding of method is something they just pick up in the course of being trained, Nola and Sankey argue that it is possible to be explicit about what this (...)
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    Fixing the Reference of Theoretical Terms.Robert Nola - 1980 - Philosophy of Science 47 (4):505-531.
    Kripke and Putnam have proposed that terms may be introduced to refer to theoretical entities by means of causal descriptions such as 'whatever causes observable effects O'. It is argued that such a reference-fixing definition is ill-formed and that theoretical beliefs must be involved in fixing the reference of a theoretical term. Some examples of reference-fixing are discussed e.g., the term 'electricity'. The Kripke-Putnam theory can not give an account of how terms may be introduced into science and then subsequently (...)
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  6. Introducing the Canberra Plan.David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola - 2009 - In David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (eds.), Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism. MIT Press. pp. 1--20.
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    Constructivism in Science and Science Education: A Philosophical Critique.Robert Nola - 1997 - Science & Education 6 (1-2):55-83.
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  8. After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method.Robert Nola & Howard Sankey (eds.) - 2000 - Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    Some think that issues to do with scientific method are last century's stale debate; Popper was an advocate of methodology, but Kuhn, Feyerabend, and others are alleged to have brought the debate about its status to an end. The papers in this volume show that issues in methodology are still very much alive. Some of the papers reinvestigate issues in the debate over methodology, while others set out new ways in which the debate has developed in the last decade. The (...)
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  9. The Optimistic Meta-Induction and Ontological Continuity: The Case of the Electron.Robert Nola - 2008 - In Lena Soler, Howard Sankey & Paul Hoyningen-Huene (eds.), Rethinking Scientific Change and Theory Comparison. Springer.
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    Pendula, Models, Constructivism and Reality.Robert Nola - 2004 - Science and Education: Academic Journal of Ushynsky University 13 (4/5):349-377.
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  11. A Selective Survey of Theories of Scientific Method.Howard Sankey & Robert Nola - 2000 - In Robert Nola & Howard Sankey (eds.), After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method. Dordrecht/Boston/London: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 1-65.
    This is a survey of theories of scientific method which opens the book "After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method".
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    Demystifying Religious Belief.Robert Nola - 2018 - In Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels & Gijsbert van den Brink (eds.), New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion - the Rationality of Religious Belief. Springer. pp. 71-92.
    Robert Nola contrasts naturalistic with supernaturalistic explanations of religious belief. He argues that there are two broad rival explanations for religious belief. The first, the common “folk” or religious explanation, is supernaturalistic in that it invokes a deity as a central casual factor in the etiology of people’s belief in the existence of God. The second is naturalistic in that it eschews any appeal to a deity in the explanation of a person’s belief in God and instead invokes only naturalistic (...)
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    Relativism and Realism in Science.Robert Nola (ed.) - 1988 - Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    The institutionalization of History and Philosophy of Science as a distinct field of scholarly endeavour began comparatively earl- though not always under that name - in the Australasian region. An initial lecturing appointment was made at the University of Melbourne immediately after the Second World War, in 1946, and other appoint ments followed as the subject underwent an expansion during the 1950s and 1960s similar to that which took place in other parts of the world. Today there are major Departments (...)
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    Worldviews and Their Relation to Science.Gürol Irzik & Robert Nola - 2009 - Science & Education 18 (6-7):729-745.
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    Post‐Modernism, a French Cultural Chernobyl: Foucault on Power/Knowledge.Robert Nola - 1994 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 37 (1):3 – 43.
    Foucault appears to challenge traditional views of truth, reason, and knowledge in the doctrine of power/knowledge developed in his post?1970 writings. This doctrine applies to all the sciences (and to non?scientific and non?discursive practices that are not discussed here). Foucault's notions of discourse (1) and power (3) are sufficiently discussed to set out his explanatory theory of the cause of our discourses and their change. In (4) three theses concerning the power/knowledge link are distinguished, of which the more important is (...)
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    Incredulity Towards Lyotard: A Critique of a Postmodernist Account of Science and Knowledg.Robert Nola & Gürol Irzik - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 34 (2):391-421.
    Philosophers of science have paid little attention, positive or negative, to Lyotard’s book The postmodern condition, even though it has been popular in other fields. We set out some of the reasons for this neglect. Lyotard thought that sciences could be justified by non-scientific narratives. We show why this is unacceptable, and why many of Lyotard’s characterisations of science are either implausible or are narrowly positivist. One of Lyotard’s themes is that the nature of knowledge has changed and thereby so (...)
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    Rescuing Reason a Critique of Anti-Rationalist Views of Science and Knowledge.R. Nola - 2003 - Springer Science & Business Media.
    Do knowledge and science arise from the application of canons of rationality and scientific method? Or is all our scientific knowledge caused by socio-political factors, or by our interests in the socio-political - the view of sociologists of "knowledge"? Or does it result from interplay of relations of power - the view of Michel Foucault? Or does our knowledge arise from "the will to power" - the view of Nietzsche? This volume sets out to critically examine the theses of those (...)
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    Nietzsche's Theory of Truth and Belief.Robert Nola - 1987 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 47 (4):525-562.
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    Constructivism: Defense or a Continual Critical Appraisal A Response to Gil-Pérez Et Al.Mansoor Niaz, Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Alicia Benarroch, Liberato Cardellini, Carlos E. Laburú, Nicolás Marín, Luis A. Montes, Robert Nola, Yuri Orlik & Lawrence C. Scharmann - 2003 - Science & Education 12 (8):787-797.
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    Naked Before Reality; Skinless Before the Absolute.Robert Nola - 2003 - Science & Education 12 (2):131-166.
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  21. ‘Paradigms Lost, or the World Regained’ —An Excursion Into Realism and Idealism in Science.Robert Nola - 1980 - Synthese 45 (3):317-350.
    Tensions between idealism and scientific realism have been resolved by an appeal to the theory/observation distinction. but many who support incommensurability reject the distinction in favor of a version of idealism, e.g., thomas kuhn who supports a version of relativist idealism in which the terms of a theory do refer, but only to a paradigm--relative world of entities. it is argued that the three kinds of idealism depend on a cluster theory of meaning for fixing the reference of scientific terms, (...)
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    The Status of Popper's Theory of Scientific Method.Robert Nola - 1987 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (4):441-480.
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    On the Possibility of a Scientific Theory of Scientific Method.Robert Nola - 1999 - Science & Education 8 (4):427-439.
    Normative naturalism (NN), advocated by Larry Laudan, understands the principles of scientific method to be akin to scientific hypotheses which are then open to test like any principles of science. It uses a meta-inductive rule to test methodological principles against suitably presented episodes in the history of science. One strength of NN is that it provides the basis for a philosophical/historical research programme into the methodological strategies actually employed in the sciences. But for the philosopher interested in the grounds of (...)
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  24. Social Studies of Science.Robert Nola - 2008 - In Martin Curd & Stathis Psillos (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science. Routledge. pp. 259--68.
     
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    There Are More Things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy: A Dialogue on Realism and Constructivism.Robert Nola - 1993 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (5):689-727.
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    Ramsification, Reference Fixing and Incommensurability.Fred Kroon & Robert Nola - 2001 - In Paul Hoyningen-Huene & Howard Sankey (eds.), Incommensurability and Related Matters. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 91--121.
  27. The Worst Enemy of Science? Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend. [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 2001 - Mind 110 (439):813-817.
  28. SIEGEL, H.: "Relativism Refuted: A Critique of Contemporary Epistemological Relativism". [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40:423.
     
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    Darwin’s Arguments in Favour of Natural Selection and Against Special Creationism.Robert Nola - 2013 - Science & Education 22 (2):149-171.
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    Review. [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 1989 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 40 (3):467-473.
  31. Ramsification and Glymour’s Counterexample.David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola - 1997 - Analysis 57 (3):167–169.
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    Foucault.Robert Nola - 1998 - Psychology Press.
    The crisis of liberalism is in its claim to endorse neutral procedures that allow individuals and groups to pursue their own good, when the very possibility of such neutrality is affected by the growth of plural societies, and resulting divisions of loyalty. This collection explores this crisis.
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  33. Kant, Kripke and Gold.Fred Kroon & Robert Nola - 1987 - Kant-Studien 78 (4):442-458.
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    Saving Kuhn From the Sociologists of Science.Robert Nola - 2000 - Science & Education 9 (1-2):77-90.
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    The Strong Programme for the Sociology of Science, Reflexivity and Relativism.Robert Nola - 1990 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 33 (3):273 – 296.
    David Bloor has advocated a bold hypothesis about the form any sociology of science should take in setting out the four central tenets of his ?strong programme? (SP). The first section of this paper discusses how three of these tenets are best formulated and how they relate to one another. The second section discusses how reasons can be causes of belief and how such reasons raise a serious difficulty for SP. The third section discusses how SP is committed to a (...)
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    Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique, by Markus Seidel: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, Pp. X + 284, £60. [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 2015 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (3):628-629.
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  37. The Canberra Plan.David Braddon-Mitchell & Robert Nola (eds.) - 2001 - Oxford University Press.
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  38. Abandoning Science and Truth, or Reclaiming Science and Truth From Nietzschean Ascetic Ideals?Robert Nola - 2005 - Rivista di Estetica 45 (28):199-223.
     
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  39. A Study of Frege. [REVIEW]R. Nola - 1966 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 15:327-329.
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  40. A Study of Frege.R. Nola - 1966 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 15:327-329.
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  41. Darwinian Inferences.Robert Nola & Friedel Weinert - 2012 - In Martin H. Brinkworth & Friedel Weinert (eds.), Evolution 2.0: Implications of Darwinism in Philosophy and the Social and Natural Sciences. Springer.
     
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  42. Harré, R., "Varieties of Realism: A Rationale for the Natural Sciences". [REVIEW]R. Nola - 1987 - Mind 96:575.
  43. Imre Lakatos.R. Nola, H. Sankey & K. After Popper - 2004 - In Gisela Riescher (ed.), Politische Theorie der Gegenwart in Einzeldarstellungen. Von Adorno Bis Young. Alfred Kröner Verlag. pp. 343--271.
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  44. Karl Popper a proposito dell ’idea di scienza e della sua demarcazione‘.Robert Nola - 2002 - Nuova Civiltà Delle Macchine 20 (1).
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  45. Kenneth Tobin (Ed.), The Practice of Constructivism in Science Education, AAAS Press, Washington, 1993.R. Nola - 1997 - Science & Education 6:203-214.
     
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  46. Metaphysics, Reference and Language. [REVIEW]R. Nola - 1967 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 16:360-362.
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  47. Metaphysics, Reference and Language.R. Nola - 1967 - Philosophical Studies (Dublin) 16:360-362.
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  48. Notes on the Confirmation of Hypothese by Evidence and Probability.Robert Nola - unknown
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  49. OME, R. W.: "Science Under Scrutiny: The Place of History and Philosophy of Science". [REVIEW]R. Nola - 1985 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 63:553.
  50. Paul Feyerabend, Killing Time.R. Nola - 1997 - Science & Education 6:431-433.
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