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Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Samir Okasha

July 2016

ISBN: 9780198745587

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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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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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.

  • Looks at both the historical and contemporary challenges of the philosophy of science, considering core debates such as the two opposing schools of thought of realism and idealism
  • Addresses key questions such as the issue of scientific change, and whether there is a discernible pattern to the way scientific ideas change over time
  • Investigates fascinating ethical and philosophical questions across a variety of scientific fields including physics, biology and psychology
  • Discusses the controversial 'science wars'
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Samir Okasha, Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Bristol

Samir Okasha is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol, where he has taught since 2003. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Philosophy of Science, and has previously served as Associate Editor for the European Journal for the Philosophy of Science. He is currently the holder of a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award, for a research project entitled 'Darwinism and the Theory of Rational Choice'. His articles have appeared in multiple leading philosophy and science journal, and he has authored several books, including Evolution and the Levels of Selection (OUP, 2006) and Evolution and Rationality (CUP, 2014).

Table of Contents

    1:What is science?
    2:Scientific Inference
    3:Explanation in science
    4:Realism and anti-realism
    5:Scientific change and scientific revolutions
    7:Science and its critics
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"The 2nd Edition of Samir Okasha's Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction is a fantastic entry point for all those who would like to get an overview of the issues philosophers of science grapple with. The book is written in a highly accessible and clear fashion, and manages to cover an impressively wide— and I would say, representative—range of topics on a mere 130 pages. -" - Samuel Schindler, Metascience

"Do not underestimate the value of having a working understanding the philosophy of science, to which end this short book is one that you - if your professional life has any connection with science - could well find invaluable" - Jonathan Cowie, Concatenation

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