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Science By Steven French

Science by Steven French

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Summary

Written with the specific needs of students new to the discipline in mind, this book covers the work of key thinkers and outlines the central questions, problems and arguments encountered in studying the philosophy of science. It considers such fundamentals as discovery, evidence, verification and falsification, realism and objectivity.

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Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy by Steven French

The philosophical questions raised by the history and practice of science are among the most complex and stimulating. The philosophy of science inquires into such matters as scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, the nature and value of scientific knowledge, progress in science, and the debate between realist and anti-realist views of science. Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy is the ideal first stop for the student wishing to get to grips with this challenging subject. Written with the specific needs of students new to the discipline in mind, it covers the work of key thinkers and outlines clearly the central questions, problems and arguments encountered in studying the philosophy of science. The book considers such fundamentals as discovery, evidence, verification and falsification, realism and objectivity. It also draws on specific examples from the history of science to further illuminate the philosophical questions addressed. This is a practical and informative introduction to a major component of the undergraduate philosophy curriculum, as well as being a support to ongoing study.

Science Reviews

'The book consists of ten chapters, each of which segues clearly into the next...There are four Study Exercises which probe students' understanding of the material and challenge them to think about further issues associated with the material. These questions could serve as a starting point for a classroom discussion, or even as potential topics for student essays...French takes a conversational and light-hearted tone, so that the prose is more engaging for non-scholars than many other introductions to philosophy of science...For graduate students in other philosophical fields, this text could prove useful as a quick introduction to or refresher for some core ideas in philosophy of science.'
Holly Andersen, University of Pittsburgh, Metascience
"The author provides a succinct and approachable introduction to the field of philosophy of science...Casual, with plenty of examples and humor yet, importantly, Science gets across the technical details of some of the most central and influential philosophical positions, concepts, and arguments of the field."
-Robert Rosenberger, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 84, Sept. 2009

About Steven French

Steven French is Professor of the Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the author of Science and Partial Truth (OUP, 2003) and numerous articles on the philosophy of science.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Discovery - Flash of Genius or Careful Observation; Chapter 3: Discovery - Heuristic Moves; Chapter 4: Evidence - Verification and Falsification; Chapter 5: Evidence - There's More to Seeing Than Meets the Eye; Chapter 6: Evidence - The Secret Life of the Experiment; Chapter 7: Realism - The Ultimate Argument; Chapter 8: Realism - The Role and Function of Theories; Chapter 9: Independence - Science as Social Activity; Chapter 10: Independence - 'Facts' and 'Truth'; Chapter 11: Where Does the Philosophy of Science Go From Here?

Additional information

GOR004297309
9780826486554
082648655X
Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy by Steven French
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2007-07-26
174
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