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Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy e-book

Author:

Steven French

Language:

English

Category:

Math

Subcategory:

History & Philosophy

ePub size:

1762 kb

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Rating:

4.8

Publisher:

Continuum; 1 edition (October 9, 2007)

Pages:

174

ISBN:

0826486541

Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy e-book

by Steven French


If philosophy of science baffles you, this book offers the key to unlock its mysteries. Steven French explains the mechanics of science by focusing on episodes from past and current scientific practice

If philosophy of science baffles you, this book offers the key to unlock its mysteries. Written by a leading scholar in the field, it provides a superb introduction to core topics ranging from scientific discovery to gender bias. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in philosophical issues relating to scientific knowledge. Steven French explains the mechanics of science by focusing on episodes from past and current scientific practice. He weaves the web of the major concepts that constitute the tools of the philosophical understanding of science and unravels their rich content.

Steven French is Professor of the Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Science and Partial Truth (OUP, 2003) and numerous articles on the philosophy of science. Series: Key Concepts in Philosophy. Paperback: 172 pages. Some prior background in philosophy and/or science would be a definite plus, but isn't absolutely mandatory.

If philosophy of science baffles you, this book offers the key to unlock its mysteries.

Key Concepts" outlines some of the most central and important scientific questions, problems and arguments . If philosophy of science baffles you, this book offers the key to unlock its mysteries.

Key Concepts" outlines some of the most central and important scientific questions, problems and arguments without assuming prior knowledge of philosophy. This enjoyable introduction is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to understand how and why science has shaped and changed our view of the world.

Specially written to meet the needs of students and those with an interest in, but little prior knowledge of, philosophy, these books open up fascinating, yet sometimes difficult ideas. The series builds to give a solid grounding in philosophy and each book is also ideal as a companion to further study.

This was a nice, gentle introduction to concepts in the philosophy of science.

Science: Key Concepts 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. This was a nice, gentle introduction to concepts in the philosophy of science.

Science has made a huge impact on human society over hundred years, but how does it work? How do scientists do the things they do? How do they come up with the theories? How do they test them?

If philosophy of science baffles you, this book offers the key to unlock its mysteries

If philosophy of science baffles you, this book offers the key to unlock its mysteries.

Professor Steven French. Position: Professor of Philosophy of Science. Philosophy of Science: Key Concepts, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016 (2nd ed. of Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy, updated and with new ch. on explanation)

Professor Steven French. Areas of expertise: Philosophy of science; philosophy of quantum physics; metaphysics. Phone: +44(0)113 343 3279. Location: . 1 Baines Wing. on explanation).

Authors: French, Steven. Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy (Hardcover). Publication Date: 09 August 2007. Part of the Key Concepts in Philosophy series, this 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.

The philosophical questions raised by the history and practice of science are among the most complex and stimulating. Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy is the ideal first stop for any 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. This is a practical and informative introduction to a major component of the undergraduate philosophy curriculum.

Key Concepts in Philosophy is a series of concise, accessible and engaging introductions to the core ideas and subjects encountered in the study of philosophy. Specially written to meet the needs of students and those with an interest in, but little prior knowledge of, philosophy, these books open up fascinating, yet sometimes difficult ideas. The series builds to give a solid grounding in philosophy and each book is also ideal as a companion to further study.


Goldcrusher
A compact but sturdy paperback textbook. Contains a lot of examples and is written as more of a novel than a textbook. Arrived in good time :)
Najinn
I generally agree with James Ladyman's highly favorable review on the back cover of the book. This book is among the best introductions to the philosophy of science that I've run across so far.

French has a pleasantly informal and chatty writing style and starts the book fairly gently in the earlier chapters, so this book should be quite accessible for the motivated general reader; that's no small accomplishment for a subject as tough as philosophy of science. And the last few chapters venture into more sophisticated material, so the book can also benefit readers who already have some background in the subject.

An added plus is that French draws examples from many branches of science, and he explains these examples clearly, so the book provides some education in science itself as a fringe benefit.

Overall, I can highly recommend the book to anyone interested in philosophy of science, ranging from beginners seeking an introduction to old hats seeking a review. Some prior background in philosophy and/or science would be a definite plus, but isn't absolutely mandatory.
Wetiwavas
Not bad

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