The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia

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The first in-depth reference in the field that combines scientific knowledge with philosophical inquiry, The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia is a two-volume set that brings together an international team of leading scholars to provide over 130 entries on the essential concepts in the philosophy of science.

The areas covered include:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • epistemology and metaphysics
  • physics
  • psychology and mind
  • the social sciences
  • key figures in the combined studies of science and philosophy.

The essays represent the most up-to-date philosophical thinking on timeless scientific topics such as: determinism, explanation, laws of nature, perception, individuality, time, and economics as well as timely topics like adaptation, conservation biology, quantum logic, consciousness, evolutionary psychology, and game theory.

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'Thoughtful, concise essays that are both well structured and ordered... Larger schools with advanced courses of study in philosophy and/or bioethics will find this an extremely valuable addition to their collection. Highly recommended.' - Choice
Library Journal
The philosophy of science is a subdiscipline of philosophy drawn from the natural sciences, mathematics, and philosophy. This two-volume encyclopedia, arranged around philosophers, schools of thought, and themes and covering biology, chemistry, epistemology and metaphysics, physics, psychology and mind, and the social sciences, offers 130 short entries (most fewer than 1000 words) with references that will lead readers to the core literature. Editors Sarkar (philosophy & integrative biology, Univ. of Texas at Austin) and Pfeifer (associate fellow, Pittsburgh Ctr. for Philosophy of Science) share an interest in the philosophy of biology reflected in the breadth of articles in this area. As noted in their introduction, they chose to exclude mathematics, though some great minds generally claimed by mathematics are included. The international contributors consist of well-established academic and independent scholars and graduate students, representing a wide range of perspectives. Their essays range in length from 3000 to 7000 words. Bottom Line Though this encyclopedia would be a useful guide to this growing area of philosophy, the list price of the hardcover, currently the only format offered, is beyond what most academic and public libraries can justify paying.-Sara Rutter, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa Lib., Honolulu Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415939270
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/9/2005
  • Pages: 1048
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 2.30 (d)

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