There are more issues, examples, and lessons for epistemologists in the study of scientific experimentation than are dreamt of in empiricist, pragmatist, post modernist, and other popular philosophies. This volume is an excellent place to find out about them. Several of its papers deserve to become classics—not just in philosophy of science, but in epistemology.
Since the late 1980s, the neglect of experiment by philosophers and historians of science has been replaced by a keen interest in the subject. In this volume, a number of prominent philosophers of experiment directly address basic theoretical questions, develop existing philosophical accounts, and offer novel perspectives on the subject, rather than rely exclusively on historical cases of experimental practice. Each essay examines one or more of six interconnected themes that run throughout the collection: the philosophical implications of actively and intentionally interfering with the material world while conducting experiments; issues of interpretation regarding causality; the link between science and technology; the role of theory in experimentation involving material and causal intervention; the impact of modeling and computer simulation on experimentation; and the philosophical implications of the design, operation, and use of scientific instruments.
Brings together work by some of the best philosophers now writing on experiment. . . . Anyone seriously interested in contemporary philosophy of science, or in better understanding of experimentation, will find this a valuable book.
Presents a wide range of the kind of new and exciting work being done in the philosophy of experiment.
Hans Radder is professor emeritus in philosophy of science and technology at the Department of Philosophy of VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld, Germany.