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Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
     

Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

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by Samir Okasha
 

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ISBN-10: 0192802836

ISBN-13: 9780192802835

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


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

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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.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

1. What is science?
A very short history of science
Does science have an essential nature?
Science and pseudo-science
2. Scientific reasoning
Induction and deduction
Hume's problem
Two types of inductive reasoning
Probability and induction
3. Explanation in science
The 'covering-law' model of explanation
Alternative models of explanation
Can science explain everything?
4. Realism and anti-realism about science
Scientific realism
Objections to scientific realism
Varieties of anti-realism
5. Scientific change and scientific revolutions
Explaining scientific change
Thomas Kuhn on 'normal' and 'revolutionary' science
Sociological accounts of scientific change
6. Philosophical problems in physics, biology and linguistics
Leibniz versus Newton on absolute space
The problem of biological classification
Is knowledge of language innate
7. Science and its critics
Is science a good thing?
Science and religion
The science wars

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Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
kumailxp More than 1 year ago
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.
Stan0522 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago