Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism. He also looks at
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Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview

What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism. He also looks at
philosophical issues in particular sciences, including the problem of classification in biology, and the nature of space and time in physics. The final chapter touches on the conflicts between science and religion, and explores whether science is ultimately a good thing.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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"Very helpful.... Okasha presents the issues and arguments with delightful clarity."--Philosophia Christi

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191579257
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 514,555
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Samir Okasha is currently Lecturer in Philosophy, University of York. He has published numerous articles in philosophy journals, in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and epistemology. He has previously held a Jacobean Fellowship in Philosophy at University of London and has taught at the University of Mexico.

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Table of Contents

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1 What is science? 1
2 Scientific reasoning 18
3 Explanation in science 40
4 Realism and anti-realism 58
5 Scientific change and scientific revolutions 77
6 Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology 95
7 Science and its critics 120
Further reading 135
Index 141
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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Philosophy of science in a nutshell

    This book explains the progress of ideas in science. The author tries to answer fundamental questions like "What is science?" and in his journey mentions different philosophers who gave answer to these basic question. The book contains information about Kuhn,Popper, the Empiricist etc.

    It's a must read for anyone who wants a basic and comprehensive introduction to this topic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Good short review - bad science

    The author has given an easy to read, short work on the philosophy of science, but his science is not good. For instance, describing the discoverry of Uranus as a "failure of Newtonian Mechanics" is wrong. It was a triumph of Newtonian Mechanics

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