Physical Theory: Method and Interpretation

2015.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lawrence Sklar (ed.), Physical Theory: Method and Interpretation, Oxford University Press, 2015, 293pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.06.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lawrence Sklar (ed.), Physical Theory: Method and Interpretation, Oxford University Press, 2015, 293pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780195145649. Reviewed by Kent W. Staley, Saint Louis University This informative and stimulating volume comprises nine original essays by ten of the most significant contributors to current philosophical debates regarding physical theory. Lawrence Sklar divides the essays into two parts: "Scientific Method" (six chapters) and "Foundations of Physics" (three chapters). In this review I will say a little about the book itself before turning to discussion of the individual chapters. The topics covered call to mind the early volumes of Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science. There is breadth (with chapters ranging from the foundations of quantum field theory to the characterization of scientific progress), yet the problems considered lie along well traveled currents in the. . .

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