Philosophy of Science: A New Introduction by Gillian BarkerPhilosophy of Science: A New Introduction by Gillian Barker

Philosophy of Science: A New Introduction

byGillian Barker, Philip Kitcher

Paperback | July 30, 2013

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Offering an engaging and accessible portrait of the current state of the field, Philosophy of Science: A New Introduction shows students how to think philosophically about science and why it is both essential and fascinating to do so. Gillian Barker and Philip Kitcher reconsider the corequestions in philosophy of science in light of the multitude of changes that have taken place in the decades since the publication of C.G. Hempel's classic work, Philosophy of Natural Science (1966) - both in the field and also in history and sociology of science and the sciences themselves. Theyexplore how philosophical questions are connected to vigorous current debates - including climate change, science and religion, race, intellectual property rights, and medical research priorities - showing how these questions, and philosophers' attempts to answer them, matter in the real world.Featuring numerous illustrative examples and extensive further reading lists, Philosophy of Science: A New Introduction is ideal for courses in philosophy of science, history and philosophy of science, and epistemology/theory of knowledge. It is also compelling and illuminating reading forscientists, science students, and anyone interested in the natural sciences and in their place in global society today.
Gillian Barker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western University and a founding member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, an interdisciplinary research center fostering academic inquiry and public discussion concerning issues at the intersection between philosophy and the sciences. Philip Kitcher is John ...
Title:Philosophy of Science: A New IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with Suggestions for Further Reading.1. Science and Philosophy1.0 Scientific disputes and philosophical questions1.1 Modern science: A brief history1.2 Images of Science2. The Analytic Project2.0 Demarcating Science2.1 Confirmation2.1.1 The Hypothetico-Deductive Method2.1.2 Confirmation and Probabilities2.2 Theories2.3 Explanation2.4 Failures--and Successes3. The View From the Sciences3.0 The sciences on their own terms3.1 The ideal of unified science3.2 The ineradicability of causation3.3 Against the supernatural3.4 Making sense of ourselves3.5 Naturalizing knowledge4. Science, History, and Society4.0 More than anecdote4.1 Frameworks and revolutions4.2 The bogey of relativism4.3 Success, truth, and progress4.4 Progress without truth?5. Critical Voices5.0 A mixture of challenges5.1 Diversity and the feminist critique5.2 The cultural critique5.3 The ecological critique5.4 Anti-science5.5 Science as a social endeavor5.6 Knowledge and power6. Science, Values, and Politics6.0 The aims of the sciences6.1 Values and choices6.2 The autonomy of the sciences6.3 Powers behind the lab6.4 What do "we" want to know?6.5 Deciding what we know6.6 ConclusionSuggestions for Further Reading