Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

by Samir Okasha
     
 

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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

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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 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: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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"Very helpful.... Okasha presents the issues and arguments with delightful clarity."—Philosophia Christi

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ISBN-13:
9780192802835
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
110,789
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1220L (what's this?)

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