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W. H. Newton-Smith

Subject Philosophy

Key-Topics science

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631230205.2001.00002.x


My greatest debt of gratitude is to the patient contributors to this volume. I have been the barnacle on their ship of progress. I hope our readers will agree that this collection has been worth the wait. In particular I want to thank for their able assistance Katie Jamieson, who launched the project, and Beata Ekert, who saw it through. I am also grateful to a series of editors at Blackwell Publishers. With the passage of time they have become too numerous to mention. I would single out the present editor, Beth Remmes, without whose gentle insistence nothing would have come from something. For help with the proofs I am grateful to James Driscoll. There are major figures in the history of the philosophy of science who regrettably do not have entries. And there are significant topics that are not treated. It seemed better to advance with less than perfect coverage than to delay still further. I hope that the reader will regard this as a companion. And, like a good companion in life, one will enjoy it for what it provides and not regret what it does not have. The volume is dedicated to my wife, the journalist Nancy Durham. The pleasure of her support, love, and companionship is greater than could be conceived if it were not for the fact that it is actual. Thank you JA. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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