9781474245234

Philosophy of Science: Key Concepts

by
  • ISBN13:

    9781474245234

  • ISBN10:

    1474245234

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/24/2016
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $59!
    Your order must be $59 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $24.95 Save up to $14.97
  • Rent Book $9.98
    Add to Cart Free Shipping

    TERM
    PRICE
    DUE

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.

Summary

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? How do they use these theories to explain phenomena? How do they draw conclusions from them about how the world might be?

Now updated, this second edition of Philosophy of Science: Key Concepts looks at each of these questions and more. Taking in turn the fundamental theories, processes and views lying at the heart of the philosophy of science, this engaging introduction illuminates the scientific practice and provides a better appreciation of how science actually works. It features:

- Chapters on discovery, evidence, verification and falsification, realism and objectivity
- Accessible overviews of work of key thinkers such as Galileo, Einstein and Mullis
- A new chapter on explanation
- An extended range of easy-to-follow and contemporary examples to help explain more technical ideas
- Study exercises, an annotated bibliography and suggestions of Where to Go Next

Succinct and approachable, Philosophy of Science: 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.

Author Biography

Steven French is Professor of the Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds, UK. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science and is the the author of The Structure of the World: Metaphysics and Representation (2014), Science and Partial Truth (2003) and numerous articles on the philosophy of science.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Discovery
3. Heuristics
Exercise 1
4. Explanation
5. Justification
Exercise 2
6. Observation
7. Experiment
Exercise 3
8. Realism
9. Anti-Realism
Exercise 4
10. Independence
11. Gender Bias
Exercise 5
12. Where we've been and Where to Go for More?
Further Reading
Notes
Index

Rewards Program

Write a Review