Philosophy of Science
As a discipline, the philosophy of science is asold as philosophy itself. Philosophy ofScience: The Key Thinkers offers a comprehensive historical overview ofthis fascinating field. Twelve specially commissioned essays introduce andexplore the contributions of those philosophers who have shaped the subject andthe central issues and arguments therein.All the great philosophers from Plato and Aristotleto the present day have been philosophers of science. However, this bookconcentrates on modern philosophy of science, starting in the nineteenthcentury and offering coverage of all the leading thinkers in the fieldincluding Whewell, Mill, Reichenbach, Carnap, Popper, Feyerabend, Putnam, van Fraassen, Bloor,Latour, Hacking, Cartwright and many more. Crucially the book demonstrates howthe ideas and arguments of these key thinkers have contributed to ourunderstanding of such central issues as experience and necessity,conventionalism, logical empiricism, induction and falsification, the sociologyof science, and realism. Ideal for undergraduate students, the book lays thenecessary foundations for a complete and thorough understanding of thisfascinating subject.
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