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Very Short Introductions #67: Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

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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 Author

Samir Okasha is currently Lecturer in Philosophy, University of York. He has published numerous articles in philosophy journals, in the areas of philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and epistemology. He has previously held a Jacobean Fellowship in Philosophy at University of London and has taught at the University of Mexico.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192802835
Author:
Okasha, Samir
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Samir
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy | Science
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
167
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
numerous halftones and line illus
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
4.4 x 6.9 x 0.4 in 0.3 lb

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