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Theo Kuipers

Theo Kuipers, born in Horst, the Netherlands, in 1947. Ph.D. from the University of Groningen. Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Groningen.

Fellow (1 September 1996 - 30 June 1997) 

My project concerned the completion of an advanced textbook on the philosophy of science, entitled: Structures in Science. Heuristic Patterns Based on Cognitive Patterns.

The result is a manuscript of 600 pages, with twenty-one chapters, divided into six parts: 1. Description and explanation,; 2. Reduction and specification; 3. Confirmation and empirical progress; 4. Basic truth approximation; 5. Refined truth approximation; 6. Capita Selecta. About forty percent was written during my NIAS year, among which a couple of new or heavily revised chapters, notably, chapter four: Reduction and correlation of concepts; chapter five: Levels, styles, and mind-body research; chapter eight: Quantitative confirmation; chapter thirteen: Stratified modal truth approximation; chapter fifteen: Quantitative truth approximation. Moreover several new sections were written, e.g. on pseudoscience, acceptance, and epistemological positions, as well as a general introduction, introductions to the six parts, suggestions for further reading and exercises after each chapter.

The book is a neo-classical textbook in that it reflects the fact that traditional philosophy of science of analytical, logical-empiricist nature had to do a number of concessions, notably due to the work of Popper, Kuhn and Lakatos. Their insights have been accommodated and integrated.

Moreover, I have tried to show that philosophy of science is a meta-science with heuristic use-value. More specifically, one may conceive the book as the result of various cognitive studies of science, in search of cognitive structures, which provide heuristic patterns for several purposes.



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