A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

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Designed for those coming to the subject for the first time, this stimulating introduction offers a historical exposition of differing views on the philosophy of science. With concise profiles introducing the major philosophers whose contributions are discussed, Losee explores the long-argued questions raised by philosophers and scientists about the proper evaluation of science. This new edition incorporates contemporary developments in the discipline, including recent work on theory-appraisal, experimental practice, the debate over scientific realism, and the philosophy of biology. Taking a balanced and informative approach, with a focus on the historical development of the subject, John Losee presents a full and up to date account that is ideal for the introductory reader. NEW TO THIS EDITION: coverage of recent developments in Philosophy of Science, including philosophy of biology, normative naturalism, theory appraisal, experimental practice, theories of explanation, and scientific realism
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 19mm | 496g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • numerous figures
  • 0198700555
  • 9780198700555
  • 576,273

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Aristotle's Philosophy of Science ; 2. The Pythagorean Orientation ; 3. The Ideal of Deductive Systemization ; 4. Atomism and the Concept of Underlying Mechanism ; 5. Affirmation and Development of Aristotle's Method in the Medieval Period ; 6. The Debate over Saving the Appearances ; 7. The Seventeenth-Century Attack on Aristotelian Philosophy ; 8. Newton's Axiomatic Method ; 9. Analysis of the Implications of the New Science for a Theory of Scientific Method ; 10. Inductivism v the Hypothetico-Deductive View of Science ; 11. Mathematical Positivism and Conventionlism ; 12. Logical Reconstructivist Philosophy of Science ; 13. Orthodoxy under Attack ; 14. Theories of Scientific Progress ; 15. Explanation, Causation, and Unification ; 16. Confirmation and Evidential Support ; 17. The Justification of Evaluative Standards ; 18. The Debate over Scientific Realism ; 19. Descriptive Philosophies of Science ; Bibliography ; Index
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Well known and widely used textbook ... As in the earlier editions the same writing style and format for organizing the material are preserved. As a result the book rigidly stays at the level of presenting only carefully condensed factual presentations in serial order of the individual authors involved, and scrupulously avoids any critical evaluations or comparisons of the philosophies of science sketched out for the reader. * Richard J. Blackwell, Saint Louis University, Physis, Vol. XXI (1994) *
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About John Losee

John Losee is Professor of Philosophy at Lafayette College, USA.
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