Instrumental Realism

The Interface between Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Technology

by Don Ihde

Published by: Indiana University Press

176 Pages

  • Paperback
  • 9780253206268
  • Published: May 1991


  • eBook
  • 9780253114624
  • Published: May 1991


"Ihde is perhaps uniquely situated to provide authoritative accounts of such diverse philosophical traditions as those involved in current explorations of the technology of scientific instruments. . . . Ihde's book breaks new ground and . . . makes an important debate accessible." —Robert Ackermann

Instrumental Realism has three principal aims: to advocate a "praxis-perception" approach to the philosophy of science; to explore ways in which such an approach offers a mutually illuminating overlap with a philosophy of technology; and to examine comparatively and critically the work of some who advocate an "instrumental realist" approach to the philosophy of science.