Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

Science is perhaps the sole distinctively western institution adopted by all cultures who have come in contact with it. And yet its scope, nature, and methods have been contested throughout its history. Philosophy of Science identifies the profound philosophical problems that science raises through an examination of enduring questions about its nature, methods, and justification.
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A Duke U. professor of philosophy explains why we need an epistemology of scientific theorizing, the structure and metaphysics of theories, and discontents with "under-determinism" (inexact laws). The book includes examples, chapter overviews and questions, further reading lists, and a glossary of terms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Written with verve and panache, Alex Rosenberg's Third Edition is a great introduction to perennial questions in the philosophy of science. For students, Rosenberg's book will be an accessible and thought-provoking guide; for their teachers, it will be an indispensable resource." Marc Lange, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"Alex Rosenberg's Third Edition has been completely reorganized and augmented with lots of fascinating new material emphasizing the connections between philosophy of science and the rest of philosophy. Challenging and insightful, this is one of the best single-author texts in the field. I'm sure it will be even more successful than its predecessor."Martin Curd, Purdue University

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Meet the Author

Alex Rosenberg is R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

1 Why philosophy of science? 1
2 Explanation, causation and laws 21
3 Scientific explanation and its discontents 48
4 The structure and metaphysics of scientific theories 69
5 The epistemology of scientific theorizing 112
6 The challenge of history and post-positivism 145
7 The contested character of science and the fundamental questions of philosophy 170
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