Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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Science is perhaps the sole distinctively western institution adopted by all cultures who have come in contact with it. And yet its scope, nature, and methods have been contested throughout its history. Philosophy of Science identifies the profound philosophical problems that science raises through an examination of enduring questions about its nature, methods, and justification.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Alex Rosenberg is R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments; Chapter 1. Why philosophy of science?; Overview; 1. The relationship between science and philosophy; 2. Scientific questions and questions about science; 3. Modern science as philosophy; 4. Understanding science and understanding western civilization; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 2. Explanation, causation and laws; Overview; 1. Why do we need a theory of scientific explanation?; 2. Defining scientific explanation; 3. Why do laws explain?; 4. Counterexamples and the pragmatics of explanation; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 3: Scientific explanation and its discontents; Overview; 1. Inexact laws and probabilities; 2. Causation and teleology; 3. From intelligibility to necessity; Summary; Questions; Further reading ; Chapter 4: The structure and metaphysics of scientific theories; Overview; 1. How do theories work?; 2. The problem of theoretical terms and the things they name; 3. Theories and models; Summary; Questions; Further Reading; Chapter 5: The epistemology of scientific theorizing; Overview; 1. A brief history of empiricism as science's epistemology; 2. The epistemology of scientific testing; 3. Statistics and probability to the rescue?; 4. Underdetermination; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 6: The challenge of history and post-positivism; Overview; 1. A place for history?; 2. No place for first philosophy?; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 7: The nature of science and the fundamental questions of philosophy; Overview; 1. From philosophy to history to relativism; 2. Could the Earth really be flat?; Summary; Questions; Further reading; Glossary; Bibliography; Index