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Philosophy of Science Alex Rosenberg

Philosophy of Science By Alex Rosenberg

Philosophy of Science by Alex Rosenberg

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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.

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Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction by Alex Rosenberg

This user-friendly text covers key issues in the philosophy of science in an accessible and philosophically serious way. It will prove valuable to students studying philosophy of science as well as science students.
Prize-winning author Alex Rosenberg explores the philosophical problems that science raises by its very nature and method. He skilfully demonstrates that scientific explanation, laws, causation, theory, models, evidence, reductionism, probability, teleology, realism and instrumentalism actually pose the same questions that Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant and their successors have grappled with for centuries.

Table of Contents

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

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Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction by Alex Rosenberg
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Taylor & Francis Ltd
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