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Philosophy of Biology: A Very Short Introduction


Samir Okasha

November 2019

Very Short Introductions

Covering some of science's most divisive topics, such as philosophical issues in genetics and evolution, the philosophy of biology also encompasses more traditional philosophical questions, such as free will, essentialism, and nature vs nurture. Here, Samir Okasha outlines the core issues with which contemporary philosophy of biology is engaged.

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Exploring Inductive Risk: Case Studies of Values in Science


Kevin C. Elliott, Ted Richards

July 2017

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Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction


Maria Rosa Antognazza

September 2016

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction considers who Leibniz was and introduces his overarching intellectual vision. It follows his pursuit of the systematic reform and advancement of all the sciences, to be undertaken as a collaborative enterprise supported by an enlightened ruler, and his ultimate goal of the improvement of the human condition.

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Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Samir Okasha

July 2016

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. It explores the fundamental questions and challenges in the field, and looks at philosophical issues in particular sciences, including the problem of classification in biology, and the nature of space and time in physics.

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Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction


Nancy Cartwright, Eleonora Montuschi

November 2014

This is a much-needed new introduction to a field that has been transformed in recent years by exciting new subjects, ideas, and methods. It is designed for students in both philosophy and the social sciences. Topics include ontology, objectivity, method, measurement, and causal inference, and such issues as well-being and climate change.

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Philosophy of Science: A New Introduction


Gillian Barker, Philip Kitcher

September 2013

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Causation: A User's Guide


L. A. Paul, Ned Hall

May 2013

Causation is at once familiar and mysterious—we can detect its presence in the world, but we cannot agree on the metaphysics of the causal relation. L. A. Paul and Ned Hall guide the reader through the most important philosophical treatments of causation, and develop a broad and sophisticated understanding of the issues under debate.

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Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?


Daniel C. Dennett, Alvin Plantinga

May 2011


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Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection


Peter Godfrey-Smith

January 2011

The book presents a new way of understanding Darwinism and evolution by natural selection, combining work in biology, philosophy, and other fields. It gives new criticisms of gene-centered views of evolution, and presents a new framework for understanding the evolution of complex organisms and societies.

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Timaeus and Critias


Plato, Robin Waterfield, Andrew Gregory

November 2008

Oxford World's Classics

In Timaeus Plato attempts to describe and explain the structure of the universe: the creator god, the elements, the lower gods, the stars, and men. The companion piece, Critias, is the origin of the story of Atlantis, the lost empire defeated by ancient Athenians. This is the clearest translation yet of these crucial ancient texts.

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Aristotle, Robin Waterfield, David Bostock

May 2008

Oxford World's Classics

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A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Fourth Edition


John Losee

March 2001

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Thinking about Mathematics: The Philosophy of Mathematics


Stewart Shapiro

July 2000

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