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Philosophy of Science / Edition 2

Philosophy of Science / Edition 2

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by Alex Rosenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 041534316X

ISBN-13: 9780415343169

Pub. Date: 05/20/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Identifies the philosophical problems that science raises through an examination of questions about its nature, methods and justification. A valuable introduction for science and philosophy students alike.

Overview

Identifies the philosophical problems that science raises through an examination of questions about its nature, methods and justification. A valuable introduction for science and philosophy students alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415343169
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/20/2005
Series:
Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Chapter 1. Why philosophy of science?; Overview; 1. The relationship between science and philosophy; 2. Scientific questions and questions about science; 3. Modern science as philosophy; 4. Understanding science and understanding western civilization; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 2. Explanation, causation and laws; Overview; 1. Why do we need a theory of scientific explanation?; 2. Defining scientific explanation; 3. Why do laws explain?; 4. Counterexamples and the pragmatics of explanation; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 3: Scientific explanation and its discontents; Overview; 1. Inexact laws and probabilities; 2. Causation and teleology; 3. From intelligibility to necessity; Summary; Questions; Further reading ; Chapter 4: The structure and metaphysics of scientific theories; Overview; 1. How do theories work?; 2. The problem of theoretical terms and the things they name; 3. Theories and models; Summary; Questions; Further Reading; Chapter 5: The epistemology of scientific theorizing; Overview; 1. A brief history of empiricism as science's epistemology; 2. The epistemology of scientific testing; 3. Statistics and probability to the rescue?; 4. Underdetermination; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 6: The challenge of history and post-positivism; Overview; 1. A place for history?; 2. No place for first philosophy?; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 7: The nature of science and the fundamental questions of philosophy; Overview; 1. From philosophy to history to relativism; 2. Could the Earth really be flat?; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

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