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During this engrossing biography, Dorothy Stein strips away the numerous layers of delusion to bare a narrative way more dramatic and engaging than earlier debts have indicated

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After all, philosophy of science began not with suspicion about science, but with suspicion that proper attention to science would reveal the poverty of the philosopher’s game. It is not as if philosophers’ current attention to the variety of representational resources, practices, and technologies in science is “the latest finding” of philosophy of science, in the sense that philosophers now know something about science that no one ever knew before. The importance of this variety is not as a piece of new information but as a problem for philosophy: if we take this variety of representational resources, practices, and technologies seriously, what has to change in our theories of scientific 10 Alan W.

I think that relativism is the current successor to skepticism in the realm of what C. S. Peirce ([1885] 1992) very properly called philosophical hypochondria. Philosophers have theorized knowledge in such a way that significant shifts in belief or in representational technology lead, in theory, to a sort of anxious nightmare of people wholly incomprehensible to one another. 7 Suppose “pluralism” names this position: (1) the theoretical forms of representation used in the various sciences vary in ways that make those theories hard to combine; (2) these forms of representation interact in interestingly different ways with the activities of scientists in the lab and the field, where scientists often use other forms of instrumental representation; (3) these facts of daily scientific practice may have epistemological importance and may require new philosophical resources to be properly understood; (4) let’s investigate this and seek those new resources.

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