A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Paperback | March 1, 2001

byJohn Losee

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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-arguedquestions 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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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-arguedquestions raised by philosophers and scient...

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

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Aristotle's Philosophy of Science2. The Pythagorean Orientation3. The Ideal of Deductive Systemization4. Atomism and the Concept of Underlying Mechanism5. Affirmation and Development of Aristotle's Method in the Medieval Period6. The Debate over Saving the Appearances7. The Seventeenth-Century Attack on Aristotelian Philosophy8. Newton's Axiomatic Method9. Analysis of the Implications of the New Science for a Theory of Scientific Method10. Inductivism v the Hypothetico-Deductive View of Science11. Mathematical Positivism and Conventionlism12. Logical Reconstructivist Philosophy of Science13. Orthodoxy under Attack14. Theories of Scientific Progress15. Explanation, Causation, and Unification16. Confirmation and Evidential Support17. The Justification of Evaluative Standards18. The Debate over Scientific Realism19. Descriptive Philosophies of ScienceBibliographyIndex

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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 individualauthors 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)