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Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction

by Alex Rosenberg
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ISBN-13: 9780415152815
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 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

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