Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, May 30, 2002 - Philosophy - 144 pages
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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 SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
  

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Review: Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #67)

User Review  - Hussein AlSarabi - Goodreads

Short, comprehensive, well written and contains many examples and explanations of science related debates. Falls short where western philosophy usually do such as in the history of science part. Overall, an excellent introduction to the topic from a western perspective. Read full review

Review: Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #67)

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Interesting and well-written introduction to the philosophy and history of science. Read full review

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Contents

What is science?
1
Scientific reasoning
18
Explanation in science
40
Realism and antirealism
58
Scientific change and scientific revolutions
77
Philosophical problems in physics biology and psychology
95
Science and its critics
120
Further reading
135
Index
141
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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.

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