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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science is an indispensable reference source and guide to the major themes, debates, problems and topics in philosophy of science. It contains sixty-two specially commissioned entries by a leading team of international contributors. Organized into four parts it covers:

  • historical and philosophical context
  • debates
  • concepts
  • the individual sciences.

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science addresses all of the essential topics that students of philosophy of science need to know - from empiricism, explanation and experiment to causation, observation, prediction and more - and contains many helpful features including chapters on individual sciences (such as biology, chemistry, physics and psychology), further reading and cross-referencing at the end of each chapter.

Expanded and revised throughout, this second edition includes new chapters on Conventionalism, Social Epistemology, Computer Simulation, Thought Experiments, Pseudoscience, Species and Taxonomy, and Cosmology.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Psillos (Scientific Realism) and Curd (Principles of Reasoning) have amassed essays by 58 internationally dispersed integrative science and philosophy scholars. Divided into four parts, the book's multipage essays discuss historical and philosophical contexts, explain debates surrounding various isms, unpack broad philoscientific concepts like causation, and survey individual areas that employ scientific approaches, including economics and mathematics. While filled with allusions and field-specific language not accessible to uninitiated readers, the essays illuminate more abstruse philosophical tracts and make carefully measured connections between the higher realms of science and the actual world. Highly recommended for history of science and philosophy collections.

—Savannah Schroll Guz
From the Publisher
" ... any serious student of the subject will find it an invaluable resource. ... Aside from the excellent essays themselves, one of the best features from the previous edition also remains: a short paragraph following each topical essay gives the contributing author's suggestions for additional reading. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - CHOICE

Praise for the first edition:

A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2008

"With a distinguished list of internationally renowned contributors, an excellent choice of topics in the field, and well-written, well-edited essays throughout, this compendium is an excellent resource. It will work well for any serious scholar inside or outside the field interested in the current state of philosophy of science. Highly recommended." - CHOICE

"Highly recommended for history of science and philosophy collections." - Library Journal

"This well-conceived companion, which brings together an impressive collection of distinguished authors, will be invaluable to novices and experienced readers alike." - Metascience

"Here is philosophy of science the way it should be. In these pages some of the very best philosophers working today grapple with the big issues of metaphysics, language, and epistemology as they relate to science. This volume is a true introduction to a philosophy of science that has real stature; a philosophy of science that puts the subject at the crossing point of arguments from across the intellectual landscape." - Peter Galison, Harvard University, USA

"This well-conceived and comprehensive volume brings together a remarkable collection of authors, including many of the leading contemporary contributors to the philosophy of science. It will be of great value to students of the philosophy of science at all levels." - John Dupré, University of Exeter, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415546133
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/2/2010
  • Series: Routledge Philosophy Companions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Curd is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University, USA. He is co-editor (with Jan Cover and Christopher Pincock) of Philosophy of Science: The Central Issues.

Stathis Psillos is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics at the University of Athens, Greece. He is the author of Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth (Routledge), Causation and Explanation, Philosophy of Science A–Z, and Knowing the Structure of Nature.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Martin Curd and Stathis Psillos Part 1: Historical and Philosophical Context 1. Conventionalism Robert DiSalle 2. The Epistemology of Science after Quine Paul A. Roth 3. The History of Philosophy and Philosophy of Science Joanne Waugh and Roger Ariew 4. Metaphysics Stephen Mumford 5. Philosophy of Language Rod Bertolet 6. The Role of Logic in Philosophy of Science Diderik Batens 7. Critical Rationalism Gürol Irzik 8. The Historical Turn in the Philosophy of Science Alexander Bird 9. Logical Empiricism Thomas Uebel 10. Pragmatism and Science Robert Almeder 11. Social Epistemology K. Brad Wray Part 2: Debates 12. Bayesianism Colin Howson 13. Computer Simulation Wendy S. Parker 14. Confirmation Alan Hájek and James M. Joyce 15. Empiricism Elliott Sober 16. Essentialism and Natural Kinds Brian Ellis 17. Ethics of Science David B. Resnik 18. Experiment Theodore Arabatzis 19. Explanation Jim Woodward 20. Feminist Approach to the Philosophy of Science Cassandra L. Pinnick 20. Inference to the Best Explanation Peter Lipton 22. Laws of Nature Marc Lange 23. Naturalism Ronald N. Giere 24. Realism/Anti-Realism Michael Devitt 25. Relativism about Science Maria Baghramian 26. Scientific Method Howard Sankey 27. Social Studies of Science Robert Nola 28. The Structure of Theories Steven French 29. Theory-Change John Worrall 30. Thought Experiments James Robert Brown 31. Underdetermination Igor Douven 32. Values in Science Gerald Doppelt Part 3: Concepts 33. Causation Christopher Hitchcock 34. Determinism Barry Loewer 35. Evidence Peter Achinstein 36. Function Denis Walsh 37. Idealization James Ladyman 38. Measurement Hasok Chang and Nancy Cartwright 39. Mechanisms Stuart Glennan 40. Models Demetris Portides 41. Observation André Kukla 42. Prediction Malcolm Forster 43. Probability Maria-Carla Galavotti 44. Pseudoscience Bradley Monton 45. Reduction Sahotra Sarkar 46. Representation in Science Paul Teller 47. Scientific Discovery Thomas Nickles 48. Space and Time Oliver Pooley 49. Species and Taxonomy Marc Ereshefsky 50. Symmetry Margaret Morrison 51. Truthlikeness Graham Oddie 52. Unification Todd Jones 53. The Virtues of a Good Theory Ernan McMullin Part 4: The Individual Sciences 54. Biology Alexander Rosenberg 55. Chemistry Robin Findlay Hendry 56. Cognitive Science Paul Thagard 57. Cosmology Chris Smeenk 58. Economics Uskali Maki 59. Mathematics Peter Clark 60. Physics Simon Saunders 61. Psychology Richard Samuels 62. Social Sciences Harold Kincaid. Index

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