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Philosophy of Science

Alex Rosenberg
Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science

Alex Rosenberg

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Preface 1. WHY PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE? The relationship between science and philosophy. Scientific questions and questions about science. Modern science as philosophy. Understanding science and understanding Western civilization 2. THE NATURE OF SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION AND THE PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS IT RAISES Defining scientific explanation. Why do laws explain? Counter-examples and the pragmatics of explanation. Causation and explanation. Explaining why and explaining how. Conclusion 3. SCIENTIFIC THEORIES, EPISTEMOLOGY AND METAPHYSICS Hypothetico-deductivism. The problem of theoretical terms and the things they name. Theories and models. The epistemology of scientific testing. Underdetermination 4. THE CHALLENGE OF HISTORY AND SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE A place for history? No place for first philosophy? From philosophy to history to relativism. Could the earth really be flat? Bibliography Index

- Publisher Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction introduces all the main themes in the philosophy of science, including the nature of causation, explanation, laws, theory, models, evidence, reductionism, probability, teleology, realism and instrumentalism.
This substantially revised and updated second edition of a highly successful, accessible and user-friendly text will be of value to any student getting to grips with the nature, methods and justification of science. Alex Rosenberg includes new material on a number of subjects, including:
- The theory of natural selection
- Popper, Lakatos and Leibniz
- Feminist philosophy of science
- Logical positivism
- The origins of science
In addition, helpful features add greatly to the ease and clarity of this second edition:
- Overviews and chapter summaries
- Study questions and annotated further reading
- A helpful glossary explaining key words and concepts


- Publisher Identifies the philosophical problems that science raises through an examination of questions about its nature, methods and justification. A valuable introduction for science and philosophy students alike.

- Publisher

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Preface 1. WHY PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE? The relationship between science and philosophy. Scientific questions and questions about science. Modern science as philosophy. Understanding science and understanding Western civilization 2. THE NATURE OF SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION AND THE PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS IT RAISES Defining scientific explanation. Why do laws explain? Counter-examples and the pragmatics of explanation. Causation and explanation. Explaining why and explaining how. Conclusion 3. SCIENTIFIC THEORIES, EPISTEMOLOGY AND METAPHYSICS Hypothetico-deductivism. The problem of theoretical terms and the things they name. Theories and models. The epistemology of scientific testing. Underdetermination 4. THE CHALLENGE OF HISTORY AND SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE A place for history? No place for first philosophy? From philosophy to history to relativism. Could the earth really be flat? Bibliography Index
- Publisher

Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction introduces all the main themes in the philosophy of science, including the nature of causation, explanation, laws, theory, models, evidence, reductionism, probability, teleology, realism and instrumentalism.
This substantially revised and updated second edition of a highly successful, accessible and user-friendly text will be of value to any student getting to grips with the nature, methods and justification of science. Alex Rosenberg includes new material on a number of subjects, including:
- The theory of natural selection
- Popper, Lakatos and Leibniz
- Feminist philosophy of science
- Logical positivism
- The origins of science
In addition, helpful features add greatly to the ease and clarity of this second edition:
- Overviews and chapter summaries
- Study questions and annotated further reading
- A helpful glossary explaining key words and concepts

- Publisher

Identifies the philosophical problems that science raises through an examination of questions about its nature, methods and justification. A valuable introduction for science and philosophy students alike.
- Publisher

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  • Catalogue Code 250343
  • Product Code 0415343178
  • EAN 9780415343176
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Routledge
  • Publication Date Jul 2005
  • Dimensions 234 x 158 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.362kg

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